Northern California's unemployment rate stands at its highest point in decades. Every city has been affected, some more than others. This slide show presents the 20 Northern California cities with the highest average unemployment rates from November through April. In all of these cities, at least one of every seven workers is unemployed. Some of these cities are the hardest hit by the housing bust; some are farming towns whose numbers will improve as the seasons change; some are old manufacturing hubs hurt by offshoring.
A few notes: Only cities with more than 10,000 workers north of (and including) the city of Fresno are included. Many of these cities have long had unemployment problems; all have gotten much worse.
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|The toughest job markets in Northern California|
Source: CA Employment Development Department