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Las Vegas posted the highest jobless rate in July at 12.9 percent among large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the second-highest rate at 12.7 percent.
Oklahoma City posted the lowest jobless rate in July among large metropolitan areas at 4.8 percent.
Among metropolitan areas of all sizes, Yuma, Ariz., posted the highest unemployment rate in July at 31.2 percent. The lowest unemployment rate was in Bismarck, N.D., at 2.5 percent.
Sixty-seven metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10 percent, down from 112 areas a year earlier, while 94 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, up from 68 areas in July of last year.