The U.S. metropolitan area employment report for February by the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that in the 372
metropolitan areas covered, unemployment rates decreased
year-over-year in 344, rose in 19, and held steady in nine. The
number of metropolitan areas with jobless rates of 10% or more
fell to 77 from 137 in February 2011, and the number of
metropolitan areas with unemployment rates under 7% climbed to 90
from 54. The highest jobless rates were recorded in El Centro,
CA, and Yuma, AZ, while the lowest rates were posted in Bismarck,
ND, and Midland, TX. Meanwhile, nonfarm payroll employment rose
year-over-year in 267 metropolitan areas.
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