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Thursday, 21 September 2017

El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in April

El Centro, California.- Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in April, at 30.3 percent and 24.0 percent, respectively, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in April (-3.9 percentage points). Seventeen other areas had rate declines of at least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 66 areas had declines of at least 1.0 point. Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+4.0 percentage points). The next largest increases were in Decatur, Ill., and Eau Claire, Wis.

Unemployment rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 276 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 78 areas, and unchanged in 18 areas.

Four areas had jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, and 48 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred seventy-four metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 88 had decreases, and 10 had no change. The national unemployment rate in April was 7.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.7 percent a year earlier.

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