The U.S. unemployment rate rose nationally by 11.2 percentage points between February 2020 and April 2020, from 3.5% to 14.7%. While unemployment has risen throughout the country, compromising job security and savings for so many, some places have seen much larger spikes over that two-months period. SmartAsset looked at the metro areas where unemployment has increased the most during COVID-19.
In this study, we compared February 2020 and April 2020 unemployment rates for all 389 U.S. metro areas and found the percentage point increase in unemployment in each place. For details on our data sources and how we put all the information together to create our final rankings, check out the data and methodology section next.