As defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consists of an urban area, such as a city, with a population of 50,000 or more, plus the surrounding areas with close economic and cultural ties to the population center. There are 389 MSAs in the United States of America. Some cross state lines.
The federal government collects statistics and information about MSAs, the rates of unemployment for example:
The Logan, Utah-Idaho MSA has an unemployment rate of 1.1%, tied for lowest in the nation.
Second lowest unemployment rate, at 1.2% , is the Provo-Orem, Utah MSA.
Tied with the Lincoln, Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area with the third lowest unemployment rate in the U.S., at 1.3%, is the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah MSA.
With an unemployment rate of 1.4 % each, fourth lowest in the nation, are the MSAs of Salt Lake City, Utah and St. George, Utah.
By comparison, among the twenty-five MTAs with the highest rate of unemployment in the nation ten are in California:
– Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 6.4%,
– Yuba City, 6.6%,
– Stockton-Lodi, 6.6%,
– Madera, 6.7%,
– Fresno, 7.0%,
– Hanford-Corcoran, 7.3%,
– Merced, 7.6%,
– Visalia-Porterville, 8.2%,
– El Centro, 15.2%.
Source as of December 30, 2021:
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