Unemployment in major metropolitan areas were higher in April 2009 than April 2008, but fewer areas are reporting unemployment of 10 percent or higher, according to information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) yesterday.
93 metro areas reported 10.0 percent unemployment or more, down from 100 areas in March. Overall, 149 metropolitan areas’ unemployment rates were higher than the U.S. average.
Other than that, not much has changed since last month: the area with the highest unemployment rate in March (El Centro, Calif., at 25.1 percent) still tops the chart, with a small increase to 26.9 percent unemployed. Detroit, Mich., and Riverside, Calif., still top the charts as the areas with more than 1 million people and the highest unemployment.