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Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas. Eight areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, and 144 areas had rates lower than 5.0 percent.
Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rates in October, 24.7 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. Bismarck, North Dakota, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, followed by Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota, 2.2 percent. A total of 194 areas had October unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 168 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. The estimates are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2014" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, October unemployment rates down over the year in 354 of 372 metro areas at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141218.htm (visited May 28, 2023).