US cities with the highest and lowest unemployment


Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 4:02 PM

Unemployment rates declined last month in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market.

The Labor Department says rates fell in 201 metro areas. They rose in 116 and were unchanged in 55. The number of cities with unemployment below 7 percent rose to 180 last month, up from 107 a year ago.

Here are the 10 cities with the highest unemployment and the 10 with the lowest:

Best and Worst Metro areas
Figures are in percentages
Highest unemployment ratesOct. 2012
Yuma, Ariz.29.8
El Centro, Calif.28.1
Yuba City, Calif.15.3
Merced, Calif.14.7
Visalia-Porterville, Calif.14.4
Modesto, Calif.13.9
Fresno, Calif.13.9
Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.13.9
Stockton, Calif.13.6
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, N.J.13.3
Lowest unemployment ratesOct. 2012
Bismarck, N.D.2.2
Fargo, N.D.2.8
Grand Forks, N.D.3.1
Lincoln, Neb.3.2
Midland, Texas3.3
Iowa City, Iowa3.4
Ames, Iowa3.4
Sioux Falls, S.D.3.7
Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.3.8
Logan, Utah3.8