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Oklahoma City reported the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.9%, for the second month in a row among U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The New Orleans area reported the second-lowest unemployment rate at 3.0%.
Detroit again posted the highest jobless rate among large metropolitan areas at 6.9%. It was followed closely by the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California at 6.8%.
Among metropolitan areas of all sizes, the Logan UT area had the lowest unemployment rate in April at 2.2%. The El Centro CA area had the highest jobless rate at 18.4%.
Overall, 261 of the 369 metropolitan areas reported higher unemployment rates in April than a year ago, 88 registered lower rates and 20 had no change.