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Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 341 of the 372

metropolitan areas, higher in 27 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S. Bureau

of Labor Statistics reported today. Twelve areas had jobless rates of at least

10.0 percent and 147 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll

employment increased over the year in 313 metropolitan areas, decreased in 55

areas, and was unchanged in 4 areas. The national unemployment rate in November

was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.


Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in

November, 23.1 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively. Lincoln, Neb., had the

lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., and

Mankato-North Mankato, Minn., 2.2 percent each. A total of 200 areas had

November unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 158 areas

had rates above it, and 14 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See

table 1.)


Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November

(-4.3 percentage points), followed by Yuma, Ariz. (-4.2 points), and Danville, Ill.

(-4.1 points). Forty-four other areas had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage

points. Alexandria, La., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.6

percentage points).


Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more,

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest unemployment rate in

November, 8.0 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest

jobless rate among the large areas, 3.0 percent. Forty-eight of the large areas had

over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, while New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La.,

had the only rate increase (+1.4 percentage points). The largest rate decline

occurred in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. (-2.4 percentage points),

followed by Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; and Providence-

Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-2.2 points each).


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....



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