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Unemployment Rates For US Cities In The South

By The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country.

The Labor Department says rates fell in 311 of the nation's 372 largest metro areas. They rose in 45 and were unchanged in 16.

Nationwide, employers added 268,000 jobs in February, the most in a year. That pushed down the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent. But hiring slowed sharply last month, when employers added only 88,000 jobs.

Here are the unemployment rates for cities in the South: Metro Area Unemployment Rates, SouthUnemployment rates by state and cityFigures in percentagesFeb. 2013Jan. 2013Feb. 2012Alabama7.87.87.6Anniston-Oxford8.28.17.8Auburn-Opelika6.46.66.2Birmingham-Hoover76.96.8Decatur7.87.67.9Dothan7.77.67.2Florence-Muscle Shoals7.67.77.7Gadsden7.97.97.6Huntsville6.86.66.6Mobile8.98.78.7Montgomery7.97.97.7Tuscaloosa7.27.46.8Arkansas7.88.28.2Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers5.85.96.4Fort Smith8.38.78.3Hot Springs8.28.48.5Jonesboro7.37.87.7Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway77.17.2Pine Bluff10.110.510Delaware7.67.97.6Dover8.18.48Washington, D.C.8.69.39.5Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-Md.5.55.75.9Florida7.589Cape Coral-Fort Myers7.47.99.3Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin5.566.9Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach7.68.29.5Gainesville5.66.17Jacksonville77.58.9Lakeland-Winter Haven8.38.910.2Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach7.98.28.7Naples-Marco Island6.97.58.3North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota7.27.99.1Ocala8.49.110.8Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford7.17.79Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville88.510Palm Coast10.31112.5Panama City-Lynn Haven7.88.99.4Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent7.17.78.7Port St Lucie8.89.510.5Punta Gorda7.48.19.3Sebastian-Vero Beach8.99.510.3Tallahassee6.46.87.7Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater7.489.4Georgia8.69.19.5Albany9.29.79.9Athens-Clarke County6.16.57Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta8.38.79.3Augusta-Richmond County8.59.19Brunswick9.610.210.7Columbus8.89.49.1Dalton1111.912.4Gainesville6.97.48Hinesville-Fort Stewart8.89.39.4Macon99.410Rome9.310.210.8Savannah7.88.38.7Valdosta8.18.68.9Warner Robins7.27.67.8Kentucky8.68.79.3Bowling Green7.47.88Elizabethtown7.889.2Lexington-Fayette6.86.87.5Louisville-Jefferson County8.48.49.5Owensboro7.27.47.8Louisiana5.87.26.8Alexandria5.87.46.8Baton Rouge5.576.8Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux45.24.9Lafayette4.25.45.1Lake Charles5.26.66.2Monroe6.37.77.4New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner5.97.26.8Shreveport-Bossier City6.37.66.5Maryland6.97.27.2Baltimore-Towson7.17.57.5Cumberland8.298.8Hagerstown-Martinsburg88.38.8Salisbury9.59.910.1Mississippi9.910.79.5Gulfport-Biloxi9.410.19.1Hattiesburg8.69.38.2Jackson7.98.67.6Pascagoula10.711.510.4North Carolina9.510.210Asheville7.88.48.5Burlington9.310.19.8Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill9.41010Durham-Chapel Hill77.77.6Fayetteville1010.810Goldsboro9.29.89Greensboro-High Point9.910.610.2Greenville9.1109.3Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton10.811.611.7Jacksonville8.99.59Raleigh-Cary7.588.1Rocky Mount13.214.113.3Wilmington10.211.110.7Winston-Salem8.89.59.3Oklahoma5.35.65.7Lawton6.66.97Oklahoma City4.95.25.2Tulsa5.65.96.3South Carolina8.89.39.8Anderson7.98.59.7Charleston-Summerville6.87.38Columbia7.47.98.4Florence9.810.110.8Greenville-Mauldin-Easley6.97.37.9Myrtle Beach-Conway11.212.413Spartanburg8.48.99.5Sumter9.810.210.9Tennessee8.28.58.5Chattanooga7.587.7Clarksville8.699Cleveland7.87.98.4Jackson8.38.68.5Johnson City7.57.97.7Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol7.47.77.8Knoxville6.76.96.8Memphis9.39.79.3Morristown10.110.310.4Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro6.46.67.1Texas6.56.97.2Abilene5.15.45.6Amarillo4.64.95Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos5.45.86.2Beaumont-Port Arthur9.910.910Brownsville-Harlingen10.41111.1College Station-Bryan5.35.95.8Corpus Christi5.96.56.9Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington6.36.77.2El Paso9.19.59.8Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown6.36.77.3Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood7.17.57.9Laredo6.97.27.6Longview5.76.26Lubbock5.15.55.7McAllen-Edinburg-Mission1111.611.4Midland3.23.43.7Odessa3.84.14.6San Angelo5.15.45.6San Antonio-New Braunfels6.16.66.9Sherman-Denison77.57.8Texarkana6.87.27.3Tyler6.67.27.4Victoria5.45.86.1Waco6.16.56.9Wichita Falls66.36.3Virginia5.76.26.3Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford78.36.5Charlottesville4.95.35.5Danville7.98.69Harrisonburg5.45.66.2Lynchburg6.46.87.1Richmond6.26.66.9Roanoke66.46.6Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News6.26.87.1Winchester5.76.16.6West Virginia8.18.38.1Charleston7.67.87.3Huntington-Ashland7.78.28.2Morgantown5.66.15.8Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna8.18.48.8Wheeling8.39.38.5

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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