Scottsdale is the Most Recovered U.S. City From COVID-19

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While the COVID-19 pandemic took a major toll on the unemployment rate across the U.S., certain cities have been able to recover more than others. In a recent report, WalletHub looked at 180 U.S. cities and their changes in unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic to rank-order the cities based on their economic recovery. Scottsdale ranks first with its unemployment rates bouncing back the most.

WalletHub compared the 180 cities across two categories: In the first category, each city’s unemployment rate in March 2022 was compared to its unemployment rate in March 2019, January 2020, March 2020 and March 2021. In the second category, the overall unemployment rate of all the cities were compared. The average of both categories determined the city’s final ranking. 

The first list ranks the 180 cities according to how much their unemployment rates have bounced back since the pandemic. Scottsdale ranks first, having the lowest unemployment rate of 1.9% in March 2022. Its unemployment rate decreased by 44.89% since March 2019, 47.4% since January 2020, 55.41% since March 2020 and 53.77% since March 2021. 

Following Scottsdale is Tempe in second place and Gilbert in third place. Chandler placed fifth followed by Mesa and Glendale. Peoria placed ninth followed by Phoenix, making for a total of eight Arizona cities among the top 10 of whose unemployment rates are bouncing back the most across the U.S.

Arizona also dominated the lists of top-five cities with the most recovery from unemployment since March 2019, January 2020, March 2020 and March 2021. Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler and Glendale make up the five cities that have recovered from unemployment the most since March 2019. That sequence transfers over to the list of five cities with the most recovery since January 2020 except Mesa replaces Chandler. Tempe and Scottsdale made the top-five list for the most recovery since March 2020 and Glendale shows up as third on the list for the most recovery since March 2021. 

Read the full report here.

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