To identify the cities with the worst unemployment problem right now, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed seasonally adjusted June 2020 unemployment rates at the metropolitan area level from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We only listed the 33 U.S. metro areas with unemployment rates above 15.0%.
In the case of a tie, the metro area that had a larger percentage decline in overall employment from January to June 2020 was ranked lower. Overall employment figures also came from the BLS.
Data on COVID-19 cases and cases per capita is current as of July 27, 2020, and came from state and local health departments.
Data on population and poverty came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.
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