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50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates

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    50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates

    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.

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    #50. Salisbury, MD-DE

    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 191,908
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,281
    Median annual income: $31,060

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    #49. Flagstaff, AZ

    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 76,993
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,158
    Median annual income: $32,470

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    #48. Wheeling, WV-OH

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 65,374
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,596
    Median annual income: $30,640

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    #47. Saginaw, MI

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 87,788
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,794
    Median annual income: $32,940

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    #46. Bay City, MI

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 51,162
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,827
    Median annual income: $31,470

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    #45. Danville, IL

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 34,150
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,887
    Median annual income: $35,100

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    #44. The Villages, FL

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 30,738
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,678
    Median annual income: $30,480

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    #43. Homosassa Springs, FL

    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 48,182
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,629
    Median annual income: $29,850

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    #42. Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 38,594
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,163
    Median annual income: $29,750

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    #41. Corpus Christi, TX

    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 208,896
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 11,631
    Median annual income: $33,180

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    #40. Elmira, NY

    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 34,992
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,971
    Median annual income: $36,580

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    #39. Sebring, FL

    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 35,291
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,974
    Median annual income: $27,240

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    #38. Waterbury, CT

    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 110,674
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,245
    Median annual income: $38,760

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    #37. East Stroudsburg, PA

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 81,035
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,599
    Median annual income: $31,240

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    #36. Fayetteville, NC

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 148,144
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,386
    Median annual income: $32,230

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    #35. Binghamton, NY

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 107,057
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,138
    Median annual income: $34,770

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    #34. Farmington, NM

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 53,218
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,010
    Median annual income: $33,580

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    #33. Flint, MI

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 182,787
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,361
    Median annual income: $34,220

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    #32. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 49,324
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,803
    Median annual income: $36,520

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    #31. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

    Unemployment rate: 5.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 84,181
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,786
    Median annual income: $29,950

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    #30. Kennewick-Richland, WA

    Unemployment rate: 5.8%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 139,698
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,083
    Median annual income: $39,660

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    #29. Beckley, WV

    Unemployment rate: 5.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 45,480
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,689
    Median annual income: $29,150

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    #28. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

    Unemployment rate: 5.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 260,245
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,356
    Median annual income: $37,500

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    #27. Cumberland, MD-WV

    Unemployment rate: 5.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 44,687
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,622
    Median annual income: $33,370

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    #26. Stockton-Lodi, CA

    Unemployment rate: 5.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 327,019
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,234
    Median annual income: $35,880

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    #25. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

    Unemployment rate: 6.0%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 50,497
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,050
    Median annual income: $29,780

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    #24. Las Cruces, NM

    Unemployment rate: 6.2%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 93,607
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,819
    Median annual income: $29,820

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    #23. Modesto, CA

    Unemployment rate: 6.2%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 243,060
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,031
    Median annual income: $35,560

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    #22. Fairbanks, AK

    Unemployment rate: 6.3%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 46,568
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,923
    Median annual income: $48,150

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    #21. Longview, WA

    Unemployment rate: 6.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 45,995
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,922
    Median annual income: $38,890

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    #20. Rocky Mount, NC

    Unemployment rate: 6.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 64,934
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,160
    Median annual income: $30,420

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    #19. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

    Unemployment rate: 6.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 121,360
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 7,801
    Median annual income: $35,070

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    #18. Salinas, CA

    Unemployment rate: 6.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 221,369
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 14,247
    Median annual income: $34,900

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    #17. Yakima, WA

    Unemployment rate: 6.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 129,495
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,448
    Median annual income: $34,850

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    #16. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

    Unemployment rate: 6.5%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 167,323
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,927
    Median annual income: $24,100

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    #15. Anchorage, AK

    Unemployment rate: 6.6%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 202,097
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 13,430
    Median annual income: $47,340

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    #14. Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

    Unemployment rate: 6.7%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 45,437
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,035
    Median annual income: $34,920

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    #13. Yuba City, CA

    Unemployment rate: 6.8%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 74,339
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,079
    Median annual income: $36,700

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    #12. Madera, CA

    Unemployment rate: 6.8%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 61,368
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,181
    Median annual income: $31,710

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    #11. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

    Unemployment rate: 6.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 347,533
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 24,012
    Median annual income: $25,600

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    #10. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

    Unemployment rate: 6.9%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 176,043
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,059
    Median annual income: $37,560

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    #9. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

    Unemployment rate: 7.0%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 66,001
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,603
    Median annual income: $37,570

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    #8. Hanford-Corcoran, CA

    Unemployment rate: 7.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 58,007
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,318
    Median annual income: $35,560

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    #7. Fresno, CA

    Unemployment rate: 7.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 451,397
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 33,287
    Median annual income: $32,860

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    #6. Bakersfield, CA

    Unemployment rate: 8.0%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 384,073
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 30,790
    Median annual income: $33,940

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    #5. Merced, CA

    Unemployment rate: 8.1%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 115,965
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 9,358
    Median annual income: $34,620

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    #4. Ocean City, NJ

    Unemployment rate: 9.1%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 47,926
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,364
    Median annual income: $33,100

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    #3. Visalia-Porterville, CA

    Unemployment rate: 9.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 205,844
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,336
    Median annual income: $31,160

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    #2. El Centro, CA

    Unemployment rate: 17.3%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 71,949
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,442
    Median annual income: $30,710

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    #1. Yuma, AZ

    Unemployment rate: 17.4%
    Civilian labor force estimate: 94,948
    Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 16,503
    Median annual income: $28,690

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