CivMetrics collects economic and business conditions data for the largest MSAs in the United States. We’re posting some of our insights here. In this installment, we look at unemployment and jobs. Which MSAs have roared back from the onset of COVID-19? For questions about our data, or to request data, please contact

Which MSAs have seen the starkest drop in unemployment rates since the pandemic began?

We analyzed the unemployment rates in all 384 MSAs, and the conclusion is evident: labor markets in the Southeast have roared back from their COVID lows.

Of the 10 MSAs that have seen the largest plunge in unemployment numbers, six are in Georgia and two are in Florida.

How have the largest U.S. MSAs rebounded?

As the chart shows, the largest MSAs are generally hovering around the U.S. average.

Below, find a sortable table of all 384 U.S. MSAs, including their unemployment rate at various stages of the pandemic.