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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Yuma and El Centro recorded the highest unemployment rates in November 2012

El Centro, California.- Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, recorded the highest unemployment rates in November 2012, at 27.5 and 26.6 percent, respectively, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 322 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas.

Four areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 52 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred eighty-eight metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 77 reported decreases, and 7 had no change. The national unemployment rate in November was 7.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.2 percent a year earlier.

In November, 29 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, down from 68 areas a year earlier, while 192 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, up from 129 areas in November 2011. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., recorded the highest unemployment rates in November 2012, at 27.5 and 26.6 percent, respectively.

Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent. A total of 217 areas recorded November unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 7.4 percent, 146 areas reported rates above it, and 9 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decline in November was registered in Pascagoula, Miss. (-3.2 percentage points). Twenty-four additional areas had decreases of 2.0 percentage points or more. Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J., reported the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+2.2 percentage points). The only other increase larger than 1.0 percentage point was recorded in Yuma, Ariz. (+1.2 points).

Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, the highest unemployment rate in November was registered in Riverside-San Bernardino- Ontario, Calif., 11.3 percent. The lowest jobless rates among the large areas were recorded in Oklahoma City, Okla., and New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La., 4.5 and 4.7 percent, respectively.

Forty-one large areas reported over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, six registered increases, and two had no change. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., experienced the largest unemployment rate decline from November 2011 (-2.6 percentage points). The next largest decreases were reported in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (-2.2 percentage points), and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (-2.1 points).

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn., recorded the largest unemployment rate increases (+0.4 percentage point each).


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