The 20 US cities with the lowest unemployment rates

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Bismarck, North Dakota -- 2.4%

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Logan, Utah -- 3.3%

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Billings, Montana -- 3.6%

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 Iowa City, Iowa -- 3.6%
Odessa, Texas -- 3.6%

Portsmouth, New Hampshire -- 3.6%

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Ames, Iowa -- 3.8%
Idaho Falls, Idaho -- 3.8%
Mankato, Minnesota -- 3.8%
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Provo, Utah -- 3.9%
Wenatchee, Washington -- 4.1%
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By RYAN GORMAN

The U.S. unemployment rate remains higher than normal across the nation despite a slow and steady drop, but there are some places where jobs are easier to come by.

There are 20 U.S. cities with a jobless rate lower than four-percent, some even approach two-percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data first compiled by Vox.

For those willing to relocate, there are even boomtowns in North and South Dakota – if you want to work in an oil field.

Almost all of the cities are in the Midwest and many are small.

The largest is Salt Lake City, Utah. It has a population of about 190,000 and an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

Other names not normally rolling off the tongue of urban dwellers include Sioux Falls (2.7 percent), Fargo (2.8 percent) and Iowa City (3.6 percent).

Bismarck, in central North Dakota, has the nation's lowest unemployment rate (2.4 percent). But it also has some of the most brutal winters. Temperatures often fail to climb above zero and can drop to minus-50 on the coldest of nights.

Those looking for warmer weather can head to Midland or Odessa, both in Texas.

Need to be near a big city? Portsmouth, New Hampshire is about one hour from Boston, Massachusetts (home to the nation's worst drivers) but also on the Atlantic Ocean and sporting a robust 3.6 percent jobless rate.

Portsmouth is also home to and nearby a number of excellent beer breweries.

The national unemployment rate stands at 6.2 percent.
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