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California area posts highest jobless rate

March 22 2013

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area in Southern California posted the highest jobless rate in January, at 11.5 percent, among large metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that was released today. The Detroit-Warren-Livonia area in Michigan followed with a jobless rate of 11.3 percent.

The Oklahoma City area posted the lowest jobless rate among all large metropolitan areas in January at 5.2 percent.

Among areas of all sizes, the Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., areas recorded the highest unemployment rates in January at 26.5 percent and 25.8 percent. Seven of the remaining 10 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent were located in California. Midland, Texas, registered the lowest unemployment rate in January among all U.S. metropolitan areas at 3.4 percent.

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