
1/ Bob Jagendorf // Wikicommons
Amongst the greatest ongoing tragedies the United States faces is the fact that many Americans are unable to secure employment despite actively seeking a job. The trend does not necessarily look as though it’s going to change any time soon, as the civilian labor force continues to grow every year and technology continues to advance to the point that many jobs that were once performed by humans are now obsolete. Technological advancement such as artificial intelligence has made it so that many jobs are no longer necessary or practical in the year 2018.
Referencing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker compiled a list of the 50 metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. The unemployment rates are taken from the ratio of unemployed residents to the entire estimated size of the metro area’s labor force. Read on to gain insight into which cities might want to be avoided when job searching.

2/ Eric Fischer // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 191,908
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,281
Median annual income: $31,060 
3/ Derek.cashman // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 76,993
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,158
Median annual income: $32,470 
4/ Brandon W. Holmes // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 65,374
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,596
Median annual income: $30,640 
5/ Dhacim // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 87,788
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,794
Median annual income: $32,940 
6/ Andrew Jameson // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 51,162
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,827
Median annual income: $31,470 
7/ Daniel Schwen // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 34,150
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,887
Median annual income: $35,100 
8/ Ted Eytan // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 30,738
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,678
Median annual income: $30,480 
9/ Ebyabe // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 48,182
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,629
Median annual income: $29,850 
10/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 38,594
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,163
Median annual income: $29,750 
11/ Larry D. Moore // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 208,896
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 11,631
Median annual income: $33,180 
12/ Stilfehler // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 34,992
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,971
Median annual income: $36,580 
13/ Ebyabe // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 35,291
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,974
Median annual income: $27,240 
14/ Daniel Case // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 110,674
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,245
Median annual income: $38,760 
15/ Doug Kerr // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 81,035
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,599
Median annual income: $31,240 
16/ davidwilson1949 // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 148,144
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,386
Median annual income: $32,230 
17/ waitscm // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 107,057
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,138
Median annual income: $34,770 
18/ Christopher Nicol // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 53,218
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,010
Median annual income: $33,580 
19/ Flintmichigan // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 182,787
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,361
Median annual income: $34,220 
20/ GeorgeNeedham // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 49,324
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,803
Median annual income: $36,520 
21/ InSapphoWeTrust // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 84,181
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,786
Median annual income: $29,950 
22/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
Civilian labor force estimate: 139,698
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,083
Median annual income: $39,660 
23/ Tim Kiser // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 45,480
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,689
Median annual income: $29,150 
24/ Ron Reiring // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 260,245
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,356
Median annual income: $37,500 
25/ Acroterion // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 44,687
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,622
Median annual income: $33,370 
26/ LPS.1 // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 5.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 327,019
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,234
Median annual income: $35,880 
27/ Jeremywagg // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.0%
Civilian labor force estimate: 50,497
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,050
Median annual income: $29,780 
28/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.2%
Civilian labor force estimate: 93,607
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,819
Median annual income: $29,820 
29/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.2%
Civilian labor force estimate: 243,060
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,031
Median annual income: $35,560 
30/ Ron Reiring // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Civilian labor force estimate: 46,568
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,923
Median annual income: $48,150 
31/ adambarhan // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 45,995
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,922
Median annual income: $38,890 
32/ David Wilson // Wikicommon
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 64,934
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,160
Median annual income: $30,420 
33/ Bob Jagendorf // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 121,360
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 7,801
Median annual income: $35,070 
34/ Naotake Murayama // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 221,369
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 14,247
Median annual income: $34,900 
35/ A. Balet // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 129,495
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,448
Median annual income: $34,850 
36/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Civilian labor force estimate: 167,323
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,927
Median annual income: $24,100 
37/ Frank K. // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.6%
Civilian labor force estimate: 202,097
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 13,430
Median annual income: $47,340 
38/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Civilian labor force estimate: 45,437
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,035
Median annual income: $34,920 
39/ Ray Bouknight // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
Civilian labor force estimate: 74,339
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,079
Median annual income: $36,700 
40/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
Civilian labor force estimate: 61,368
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,181
Median annual income: $31,710 
41/ Distrito Medico Monterrey // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 6.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 347,533
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 24,012
Median annual income: $25,600 
42/ Public Domain
Unemployment rate: 6.9%
Civilian labor force estimate: 176,043
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,059
Median annual income: $37,560 
43/ Smallbones // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 7.0%
Civilian labor force estimate: 66,001
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,603
Median annual income: $37,570 
44/ Armona // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 7.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 58,007
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,318
Median annual income: $35,560 
45/ David Jordan // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 7.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 451,397
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 33,287
Median annual income: $32,860 
46/ Bobak Ha'Eri // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 8.0%
Civilian labor force estimate: 384,073
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 30,790
Median annual income: $33,940 
47/ Mark Miller // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 8.1%
Civilian labor force estimate: 115,965
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 9,358
Median annual income: $34,620 
48/ JoshE3 // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 9.1%
Civilian labor force estimate: 47,926
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,364
Median annual income: $33,100 
49/ VISALIA2010 // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 9.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 205,844
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,336
Median annual income: $31,160 
50/ Cbl62 // Wikicommons
Unemployment rate: 17.3%
Civilian labor force estimate: 71,949
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,442
Median annual income: $30,710 
51/ Ken Lund // Flickr
Unemployment rate: 17.4%
Civilian labor force estimate: 94,948
Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 16,503
Median annual income: $28,690