BUSINESS
11/05/2010 09:25 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Where Unemployment Has Been Growing The Fastest (PHOTOS)

Despite this morning's rather optimistic numbers, which showed the U.S. economy created 151,000 jobs in October, the most in five months, some areas of the country are still being hammered by the jobs crisis.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics's recently released data, employment declined in 296 out of 326 of the largest counties in America between March 2009 and March 2010. The national county job loss averaged 2.1 percent, while the weekly wage increased in the same year by 0.8 percent to $889 in the first quarter of 2010.

Of the 326 large counties surveyed, there was a net job decline of 2,075,200 in that same period.

Below, we've compiled the U.S. counties in which employment fell the fastest over this period -- the most recent data available by county. Which areas will rebound from their precipitous declines?