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Unemployment rates for Metropolitan areas increase across the U.S.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March unemployment rates increased in 321 of 372 metropolitan areas over the past year.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics also announced that the national unemployment rate for March was 10.2%.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics also noted that of those metropolitan areas, 164 had jobless rates of 10% or more compared to 108 just one year ago.


The Indianapolis-Carmel metropolitan unemployment rate in March 2010 was 9.5%.  This is almost a full percentage point higher than the 8.9% unemployment rate for this metropolitan area in March 2009.  In South Bend-Mishawaka, the March unemployment rate was 12.4% compared to 11.9% a year ago.  Elkhart-Goshen's unemployment rate last month was 15.2%, a decrease from 20.1% a year ago.  The lowest rate of unemployment in Indiana is in the Bloomington area.


The Detroit-Warren-Livonia Michigan metropolitan area has a population of over one million people.  In March, the unemployment rate for this area was 15.5%, one of the highest metropolitan unemployment rates in the country.


The Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario California Metropolitan area also has a population of over one million people.  Like Michigan, the urban area is suffering 15% unemployment, also one of the highest metropolitan unemployment rates in the country.

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  • Bruce Anderson 4 years ago

    Hey I have one Maybe if They would not Raise Taxes on we the people to pay for things like Lucs Oil Stadium as the NFL an The Colts as they make Millions you would have more Smaller Privit Company growth, When are you all going to learn the Over use of nationalism never helpes anything.
    Bruce Anderson

  • Bruce Anderson 4 years ago

    Bruce Anderson
    Gee maybe the jobless rate has something to do with the Very Bad Union run Systems that ask more from a thing that thing may be able to up hold over time, the world will one day reach a Stail mate of production an Buying ablity, Gee may be that is why the Framers many of like Jewish Farmers wanted Two thing Taxes to be voluntary an the debts of banks to be cleared every 7 years. they Understood Money in the end was worthles you can not grow it an eat it eat