The Associated Press reports that Kentuckiana — that mythical combination of Louisville and Southern Indiana — ranks ninth out of 372 U.S. metropolitan areas for most jobs lost in 2010.
The Louisville area, including Southern Indiana, lost 7,500 jobs during the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed, putting it ninth from the bottom of the 372 largest metro areas. Cincinnati was next worst with 9,100 lost jobs. The Lexington area lost 4,000 jobs while Indianapolis added 5,100.
The unemployment rate fell in 207 of the metro areas, the most to report a decline since September. It rose in 122 areas and was the same in 43, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The Louisville-area unemployment rate fell from 10.1 percent to 9.8 percent over the course of the year.
LEO previously reported that Louisville has lost roughly 35,000 jobs in the last 10 years, which would be a great thing if each day for every one of those years was Opposite Day. Meanwhile, the cities of Dallas, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis and Boston have added jobs.
In other jobby-job news, Mayor Greg Fischer (and Gov. Steve “Get off our backs!” Beshear) announced yesterday that the non-Lost-related company Dharma Construction Services will relocate its corporate headquarters to Louisville by way of southern California, bringing with it a total of 41 (yes: 41) jobs. Dharma specializes in elder care facility construction, which is good for Kentucky because we’re getting really goddamned old, and quick.
So: 7,500 jobs lost – 41 added = A long, long way to go…