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US cities with the highest and lowest unemployment

Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged in 19.
Here are the 10 cities with the highest unemployment and the 10 with the lowest:
Best and Worst metro areas
Figures are in percentages
Highest unemployment rates Aug. 2012
El Centro, Calif. 29.9
Yuma, Ariz. 29.9
Yuba City, Calif. 15.9
Merced, Calif. 15.9
Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 15
Modesto, Calif. 14.5
Stockton, Calif. 14.3
Fresno, Calif. 14
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 13.9
Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 13.6
Lowest unemployment rates Aug. 2012
Bismarck, N.D. 2.6
Fargo, N.D. 3.2
Lincoln, Neb. 3.3
Midland, Texas 3.8
Grand Forks, N.D. 3.9
Sioux Falls, S.D. 3.9
Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb. 4.2
Rapid City, S.D. 4.2
Iowa City, Iowa 4.3
Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. 4.3