Detroit leads metro areas with record 17 percent unemployment rate
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Detroit has the highest unemployment rate of any major US metro area.
What a difference a year makes! Last August, metropolitan areas like Modesto, Calif., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Rocky Mount, N.C., had worse unemployment than Detroit.
Today, Motor City is the one that's sputtering. Its 17 percent unemployment rate in August is a record for the metro area in 26 years of federal recordkeeping. It's also the highest rate of any US metropolitan area with at least 1 million residents, the US Department of Labor reported Wednesday.
In a single year, metro Detroit (which includes Warren and Livonia, Mich.) also saw the biggest jobless rate increase – 7.9 percentage points – of any metro area in the United States.