The Associated Press
Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged in 19.
Here are the 10 cities with the highest unemployment and the 10 with the lowest: Best and Worst metro areasFigures are in percentagesHighest unemployment ratesAug. 2012El Centro, Calif.29.9Yuma, Ariz.29.9Yuba City, Calif.15.9Merced, Calif.15.9Visalia-Porterville, Calif.15Modesto, Calif.14.5Stockton, Calif.14.3Fresno, Calif.14Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ13.9Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.13.6Lowest unemployment ratesAug. 2012Bismarck, N.D.2.6Fargo, N.D.3.2Lincoln, Neb.3.3Midland, Texas3.8Grand Forks, N.D.3.9Sioux Falls, S.D.3.9Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.4.2Rapid City, S.D.4.2Iowa City, Iowa4.3Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.4.3