On Numbers compiled the 137 monthly unemployment reports that have been issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics since January 2000. Madison’s median jobless rate over that span was 3.5 percent, the lowest figure among the nation’s 100 biggest metros. Honolulu and Washington (3.7 percent) were the runners-up.
Madison’s unemployment rate was 5 percent or less during 110 of the 137 months. The only places to do better in that category were Omaha (119 months at 5 percent or less) and Honolulu (111 months).
At the opposite end of the scale is Fresno, Calif., with a median 2000-2011 unemployment rate of 10.7 percent. Fresno spent 79 months with a rate of 10 percent or more, easily the highest total in the nation. Next was Modesto, Calif., at 59 months.
Albuquerque came in at No. 40 among the 100 biggest metros with a median jobless rate since January 2000 of 5 percent. The Duke City’s unemployment rate was 5 percent or less during 72 of the 137 months studied in the report.