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High Unemployment Rates Found in Cities Dependent on Agriculture Jobs

By Natalie Wise

While most parts of the country seem to be shaking off the recession slowly but surely, some cities are still struggling with unemployment rates much higher than the national average, according to a report by 24/7 Wall St. California in particular remains hard-hit by the recession with unemployment rates high enough to earn the state eight of the top 10 spots for cities with the highest unemployment rates.

While the national unemployment rate hovers at 6.6 percent, all of the cities with the highest unemployment rates had numbers over 10 percent in January 2014. Many of them were in California, a state that depends heavily on agriculture, which was hard hit by the recession. The state had an overall unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.

It is an Arizona city that leads the list, with Yuma taking the No. 1 spot. The unemployment rate in Yuma was a whopping 26.1 percent.

El Centro, Calif., was the No. 2 city, still in the 20-percent range, at 22 percent. Ocean City, N.J., No. 3, went back into the tens with 16.2 percent unemployment. No. 4, Merced, Calif., stood at 15.9 percent, followed closely by No. 5, Yuba City, Calif., at 15.6 percent. Visalia, Calif., No. 6, had an unemployment rate of 15.2 percent.

Hanford, Calif., took the No. 7 spot with an unemployment rate at 14.9 percent. Fresno, Calif., was at 13.6 percent.

Modesto, Calif., at No. 9, had an unemployment rate of 13.3 percent, followed closely by Stockton, Calif., with an unemployment rate of 13.2 percent.

There were several other California cities just outside the top 10 that remained above 10 percent unemployment, including Redding and Santa Cruz.

The city with the lowest unemployment rate in the country was Midland, Texas, at only 2.9 percent. Many cities in Texas feature low unemployment rates, thanks in part to the energy boom in the state. For those searching for a new home in that area, list prices are approximately $250,000, according to Zillow.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00pm]


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