Many cities still facing double-digit unemployment (including in Arizona)

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Phoenix, Scottsdale, and several other Arizona cities are still grappling with double-digit unemployment rates.

That is according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data gathered by WalletHub. The rates are based BLS data including adjustments for those at least temporarily laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix’s unemployment rate stands at 12.30% while Tucson has a 12.74% jobless rate, according to the most recent local data.

Glendale (11.97%), Scottsdale (10.21%), Peoria (10.54%), Tempe (11.20%) and Mesa (10.98%) also have double-digit unemployment rates.

The only two major Arizona localities in the research with single-digit rates are Gilbert (9.00%) and Chandler (9.88%).

Unemployment could improve as state and cities gradually allow more businesses to reopen and the COVID situation improves.

According to the date, Bismarck, North Dakota (5.38%) and Lincoln, Nebraska (5.6%) have the lowest adjusted unemployment rates while Detroit (22.9 percent), Buffalo (22.18%) and Newark (22.07%) have the highest.

Markets hit hard by COVID as well as social unrest such as New York (21.96%) and Chicago (16.47%) are also dealing with high unemployment rates.

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September 2020