Unemployment Rate by Metro Area

The unemployment rate is a measure of a region’s economic health. As you can see, the Twin Cities is doing quite well compared with other metro areas, including cities with orchestras that are not making drastic cuts and are thriving. In these 21 metro areas with notable symphony orchestras, the Twin Cities ranks No. 3 for lowest unemployment.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate by Metro Area for July 2012 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Rank City Unemployment Rate
1 Washington DC 5.4
2 Boston 5.5
3 Minneapolis-St Paul 5.6
4 Salt Lake City 5.8
5 Houston 7.0
6 Dallas 7.0
7 Cincinnati 7.0
8 Pittsburgh 7.1
9 Baltimore 7.4
10 Indianapolis 7.7
11 Seattle 7.8
12 St Louis 7.8
13 Denver 8.2
14 San Francisco 8.2
15 Philadelphia 8.6
16 Cleveland 8.6
17 Chicago 8.7
18 Atlanta 9.0
19 New York 9.3
20 Detroit 10.2
21 Los Angeles 10.2