Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of large U.S. cities in August, despite zero job growth nationwide.
Here are the cities with the highest and lowest rates:
Best and Worst Metro areas.Figures are in percentages
Highest unemployment rates August 2011
- El Centro, Calif. 32.4
- Yuma, Ariz. 29.4
- Merced, Calif. 17.5
- Yuba City, Calif. 17.0
- Stockton, Calif. 16.1
- Modesto, Calif. 16.0
- Fresno, Calif. 15.8
- Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 15.7
- Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 15.3
- Palm Coast, Fla. 14.9
The 32.4% unemployment rate for El Centro is out of sight.
El Centro is the center of one of Southern California’s most promising new commercial and industrial regions. There are two international border crossings nearby for commercial and noncommercial vehicles.
Covering 11.019 square miles is the largest city in Imperial County. We are located 616 miles southwest of San Francisco, 117 miles east of San Diego and 245 miles west of Phoenix, Az. and just 15 minutes from the international industrial complexes in Mexicali, Baja California. El Centro is accessible via Interstate 8, State Highway 86 and State Highway 111.