falling modestly in April, the unemployment rate in the Washington area rose sharply in May, even as most metro areas experienced declines.
The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics puts this region’s May unemployment rate at 5.6 percent, up from 5.0 percent in April and higher than the 5.1 percent jobless rate in May 2012.
But the Washington area’s unemployment rate is still among the lowest for cities with a population of more than a million, behind only Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Seattle.
Unemployment rates fell in 253 of nation’s 372 metropolitan areas. The rate rose in 86 and wasunchanged in 33.
Among all cities and towns, the worst unemployment rate in the nation is Yuma, Ariz., at 30.8 percent in May. Bismarck, N.D. remains the city with the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.4 percent.
Among big cities, Minneapolis’s 4.7 percent jobless rate is the lowest. Memphis, at 9.5 percent, had the highest big-city unemployment rate in May.
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