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Oklahoma City OK reported the lowest jobless rate, 4.6%, among large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. It was followed by the Washington DC area at 4.7%.
The Detroit area posted the highest jobless rate in December at 10.6%. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the next highest at 10.1%.
El Centro CA registered the highest jobless rate among metropolitan areas of all sizes at 22.6% in December. The lowest unemployment rate among areas of all sizes was in Morgantown WV at 2.7%.
Overall, 363 of the 369 metropolitan areas in the U.S. reported higher jobless rates in December than a year ago. Five reported lower rates and one was unchanged. All 49 of the large metropolitan areas reported higher jobless rates than a year ago.