May 30, 201210:44 AMBlog

Metro unemployment rates lower in April

May 30, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Unemployment rates were lower during April compared to a year ago in 342 of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Olympia's jobless rate fell from 8.1 percent to 7.7 percent. In Tacoma, the rate fell from 9.8 percent to 9 percent.

Ten metro areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 32 areas registered rates of less than 5 percent. Two hundred forty-six metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in non-farm payroll employment, 115 reported decreases, and 11 had no change.

The national unemployment rate in April was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.7 percent a year earlier.

El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., recorded the highest unemployment rates in April, 26.8 and 26 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.8 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., and Lincoln, Neb., 3.3 percent each.


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