Average monthly rent:
4.5% (5.2% in 2009)
As the economy rebounded somewhat, the vacancy rate in the New York metro (which includes much more than New York City) tightened last year, falling below 5 percent. Rents in Manhattan made small gains each month and inventories showed minor changes, reported real estate agency the Real Estate Group NY
. The average annual jobless rate stayed near 9.2 percent in 2010, show estimates based on BLS preliminary data.