The Chicago Reporter here analyzes census data along with employment surveys to see which geographical areas in the nation have been hit hardest by the downturn in the economy. Looking at geographical areas the census creates called public use microdata areas (PUMAs) here are the Top 10 highest unemployment rates according to 2008 data. Unemployment in the Chicago area as a whole increased from six percent to ten percent between 2008 and 2009 so unemployment in these areas is surely much higher than even these numbers.
1. Detroit (Northeast) 28.5 percent unemployed
2. Chicago (Southside) 23.2
3. Detroit (West Side) 22.6
4. Cleveland (Northeast) 22.0
5. Detroit (Northeast) 21.6
6. St. Louis (North) 21.4
7. Chicago (West side) 20.9
8. Toledo (East, Southeast) 20.3
9. Detroit (Northeast) 19.9
10. Atlanta (west Central) 19.0
It is painfully ironic that the presidency of the first Blackamerican president upon whom so many people placed such great hope has coincided with a Depression in Black America.