Unemployment Rates Fall In More Than Half Of Large U.S. Cities

Unemployment rates fall.

By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates declined last month in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market.

The Labor Department says rates fell in 201 metro areas. They rose in 116 and were unchanged in 55. The number of cities with unemployment below 7 percent rose to 180 last month, up from 107 a year ago.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. That was mostly because more Americans began searching for work but not all found jobs. Employers added 171,000 jobs in October and the previous two months were revised higher.

Unlike the national data, the metro unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. So they tend to be more volatile from month to month.

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Unemployment has NOT decreased. Those of us who have been laid off, fired, etc. have just run out of benefits and therefore we are no longer counted. I (and many others that I know) have been out of work for 2 years. There are no living wage jobs available within 25 miles of where we live. For the first time in my life, I have to live without the basic necessities of life. I have no income, savings or other means of money and there will be no christmas for my family this year. The only people jumping for joy about the "recovery" are the independently wealthy people benefitting from black friday, cyber monday and every other day leading up to the worlds biggest commercialized holiday of the year.

November 30 2012 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow a recovery quick everybody head to Major World for a car!

November 30 2012 at 11:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The prisoners out on the roads picking up trash are not confined in the institution for a few hours so they can be counted in the BLS statistics!

November 30 2012 at 11:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

x-mass season lots of hiring in stores -shipping- restarants- warehousing- etc to me, anyway, this is a temperary blip on the unemployment scene . after x-mass they will be a drop in those figures.

November 30 2012 at 11:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh yeah pull some pallets because hernias, hip or knee replacements are real money makers for the Healthcare Industry.

November 30 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can imagine if 2/3 of unemployment claims are rejected in good times how many could be rejected in bad times because their stint at working again was cut short before they could qualify for benefits!

November 30 2012 at 11:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The drop in claims has much to do with the inabilty of low wage part timers and others who haven't earned the required amount of money in the appropiate earning period.

The large amount of unemployed not counted and counted competes with new applicants and those working but looking for some other jobs. When the combined mass of job seekers find a job in this bad economy most will not be kept on leaving them with not enough earnings to qualify for unemployment when there short stint back at work ends.

November 30 2012 at 10:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Even with their numbers the article could have also read " Unemployment rises across the country"

November 30 2012 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dave and mary

Here is some info that only the uber most intelligent can understand. If you don't have a doctorate, read no further ... it's too deep for you.
1) It's the holiday shopping/hiring season
2) every week people drop off the unemployment roles and then are not reported.

November 30 2012 at 10:18 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

so basically, this story was posted to get people to click on the link. it certainly didn't serve any real purpose

November 30 2012 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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