Cities With Highest, Lowest Unemployment Rates: July 2011

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unemployment ratesUnemployment rates rose in nearly all U.S. cities in June, reflecting a recent uptick in layoffs and a nation-wide slowdown in hiring. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas, dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven.

Below are the cities with the highest and lowest unemployment rates (Figures are in percentages).

Highest unemployment rates June 2011
  1. El Centro, Calif. 28.5
  2. Yuma, Ariz. 26.9
  3. Yuba City, Calif. 19.3
  4. Merced, Calif. 18.7
  5. Modesto, Calif. 17.2
  6. Fresno, Calif. 16.8
  7. Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 16.7
  8. Stockton, Calif. 16.7
  9. Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 15.8
  10. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. 15.3

Lowest unemployment rates June 2011
  1. Bismarck, ND 3.6
  2. Lincoln, Neb. 4.1
  3. Fargo, N.D. 4.2
  4. Sioux Falls, S.D. 4.5
  5. Portsmouth, N.H. 4.6
  6. Rapid City, S.D. 4.6
  7. Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. 4.8
  8. Iowa City, Iowa 4.9
  9. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb. 4.9
  10. Grand Forks, N.D. 5.1

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