US Cities With Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates

The Associated Press

Unemployment rates rose in more than two-thirds of U.S. cities last month, evidence that the slowdown in hiring in May was felt nationwide.

Here are the cities with the highest and lowest unemployment rates last month: Best and Worst Metro areasFigures are in percentagesHighest unemployment ratesMay 2012Yuma, Ariz.28.9El Centro, Calif.26.8Yuba City, Calif.17.9Merced, Calif.17.3Modesto, Calif.15.6Fresno, Calif.14.9Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.14.8Visalia-Porterville, Calif.14.7Stockton, Calif.14.5Madera-Chowchilla, Calif.14.3Lowest unemployment ratesMay 2012Bismarck, N.D.2.5Fargo, N.D.3.0Lincoln, Neb.3.4Burlington-S. Burlington Vt.3.5Iowa City, Iowa3.6Grand Forks, N.D.3.7Sioux Falls, S.D.3.8Midland, Texas3.8Ames, Iowa3.9Portsmouth, N.H.4.1
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