PHOENIX - The unemployment rate rose in more than two-thirds of the nation's 372 largest metro areas in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's a sharp reversal from the previous month and the most to report an increase in five months. Below are the cities with the highest and lowest unemployment rates.
Lowest unemployment rates, November 2010
Bismarck, N.D. - 3.3
Fargo, N.D. - 3.5
Lincoln, Neb. - 3.5
Grand Forks, N.D. - 3.7
Iowa City, Iowa - 4.3
Ames, Iowa - 4.4
Sioux Falls, S.D. - 4.4
Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa - 4.6
Rapid City, S.D. - 4.6
Portsmouth, N.H. - 4.7
Highest unemployment rates
El Centro, Calif. - 29.1
Yuma, Ariz. - 24.8
Yuba City, Calif. - 19.3
Merced, Calif. - 18.6
Stockton, Calif. - 17.5
Modesto, Calif. - 17.2
Fresno, Calif. - 16.9
Visalia-Porterville, Calif. - 16.8
Palm Coast, Fla. - 16.6
Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. - 16.4
Nov. 2010 Oct. 2010 Nov. 2009
Arizona 9.3 9.3 8.9
Flagstaff 7.9 7.4 7.9
Lake Havasu City-Kingman 10.7 10.7 9.7
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale 8.5 8.5 8.3
Prescott 9.5 9.4 9.1
Tucson 8.4 8.3 8.1
Yuma 24.8 26.7 20.5
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