Both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States metropolitan areas, according to the latest BLS “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment” report. In July, the national unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.2 percent – 1.1 percentage points lower than July of last year. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have seen unemployment rate decreases over the past year.
Looking deeper into the July metro area numbers, Bismarck, North Dakota once again led the nation with the lowest unemployment rate — now at 2.4 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from June. Of the 372 metropolitan areas, 15 had jobless rates of at least 10 percent, whereas 68 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent.
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