MetroMonitor Ranks Metropolitan Performance

Comparative Unemployment Ranking of Metropolitan Areas (Brookings Institution MetroMonitor March 2010)

The Brookings Institution has released the March 2010 edition of its MetroMonitor, a 27-page report on the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas during the recession and its emerging aftermath.

In the various indices, the Wichita metropolitan area consistently ranked among the second-strongest-20 or middle-20 metro areas, with the exception of housing prices, where it ranked 10th among the strongest metro areas.

The report authors characterize their effort as “an interactive barometer of the health of America’s metropolitan economies, [which] looks ‘beneath the hood’ of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan landscape of recession and recovery across the country. It aims to enhance understanding of the local underpinnings of national economic trends, and to promote public- and private-sector responses to the downturn that take into account metropolitan areas’ distinct strengths and weaknesses.”

For a quick summary introduction to some of the insights of the report, see these notes accompanying the release, or consult the various metro-comparison maps of overall performance, employment, unemployment rate, gross metropolitan product, housing prices and real estate-owned properties included in the report.

Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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