May-June Joblessness Up in 90 Percent of Metro Areas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

More than 90 percent of the nation's largest metropolitan areas saw their unemployment rates climb in June from the previous month.

Details are in an Associated Press analysis of Labor Department data released yesterday.

Some of the biggest increases hit college towns. The jobless rate in Bryan-College Station, Texas, home to Texas A&M, rose to 6.5 percent, a month-to-month increase of 1.6 percent.

The figures aren't adjusted to account for seasonal trends.

Here's more:

Tuscaloosa, Ala., home to the University of Alabama, suffered the biggest monthly increase in unemployment from May to June. Its jobless rate jumped to 12.5 percent in June, up 3.8 percent.

Michigan's metro area of Detroit-Warren-Livonia posted the second-biggest monthly gain. The unemployment rate climbed to 17.1 percent, a gain of 2.2 percentage points.

Pocatello, site of Idaho State University, saw the third-biggest monthly rise. The metro area's unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in June, up 2 percentage points from May.

Next were Laredo, Texas, home of Laredo Community College, with a June jobless rate of 9.4 percent; Lafayette, Ind., which includes Purdue University, with a rate of 10.5 percent; and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, at 11.1 percent. Each saw its unemployment rate rise 1.7 percentage points from May.

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