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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

El Centro and Yuma recorded the US highest unemployment rates in June

Caléxico, California, Aug. 1st.- Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 328 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 32 areas, and unchanged in 12 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Eight areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 17 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred sixty-eight metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payrollemployment, 96 reported decreases, and 8 had no change. The national unemployment rate in June was 8.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 9.3 percent a year earlier.

In June, 65 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, down from 122 areas a year earlier, while 94 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, up from 57 areas in June of last year. El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., recorded the highest unemployment rates in June, 28.2 and 27.9 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.8 percent. A total of 207 areas recorded June unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 8.4 percent, 161 areas reported rates above it, and 4 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June was registered in Joplin, Mo. (-2.8 percentage points). An additional 22 areas had decreases of 2.0 percentage points or more. Elmira, N.Y., reported the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.4 percentage points). Four other areas had increases of at least 1.0 percentage point from a year earlier.

Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, the highest unemployment rates in June were registered in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., at 12.6 and 12.1 percent, respectively. Five additional large areas posted rates of 10.0 percent or more. The lowest jobless rate among the large areas was recorded in Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.0percent. Forty-four of the large areas reported over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, four areas registered increases, and one area had no change. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., experienced the largest unemployment rate decline from June 2011 (-2.3 percentage points), followed by Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich., and Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (-2.2 points each). Twenty-six other large areas reported rate decreases of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase was recorded in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+1.0 percentage point).

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