March 19th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

35 cities suffer unemployment above 15%

There were 35 metropolitan areas in the United States with unemployment rates at or above 15% in January, according to a government report.

Just over half, or 19, of those unlucky cities were in California, according to the Labor Department. Michigan logged the next highest number,
with 6. Overall, jobless rates increased in the vast majority of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas.

In December, there were 25 cities with jobless rates above 15%, most of which were also in California and Michigan.

There were only 2 urban centers with rates below 5% in January. That compares with 10 areas that posted rates below 5% in December.

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