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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:05 pm

Unemployment rates in US cities in the West

By The Associated Press















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Unemployment rates fell in nearly two-thirds of U.S. cities in February, evidence that the gains from stronger hiring were distributed through most of the country.
Unemployment rates fell in 234 of the nation's largest metro areas, the Labor Department said Tuesday. They rose in 109 and were unchanged in 29.
The metro area rates aren't seasonally adjusted, so the monthly data can be volatile and heavily influenced by temporary factors, such as the layoff of retail employees after the winter holidays.
Nationwide, employers added 240,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent.
Last week, the government said employers added just 120,000 jobs _ half the February pace. The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, mostly because more people gave up on their job searches and left the work force.
Below are unemployment rates for states and cities in the West:
Metro Unemployment, West
Unemployment rates by state and city
Figures in percentages
Feb. 2012 Jan. 2012 Feb. 2011
Alaska 8 8 8.7
Anchorage 6.8 6.7 7.6
Fairbanks 7.3 7.4 7.7
Arizona 8.7 8.8 9.7
Flagstaff 8.9 9.2 10.1
Lake Havasu City-Kingman 10.4 10.6 11.5
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale 7.8 7.9 9
Prescott 9.4 9.7 10.7
Tucson 7.8 7.9 8.7
Yuma 23.7 24.5 21.7
California 11.4 11.3 12.3
Bakersfield-Delano 15.5 15 16.6
Chico 13.6 13.5 14.5
El Centro 26.7 26.9 27.8
Fresno 17.3 16.9 18.2
Hanford-Corcoran 17 16.9 18.1
Los Angeles-Long Beach 11.1 11 11.5
Madera-Chowchilla 15.5 15.1 16.1
Merced 20 19.5 21
Modesto 17.1 16.8 18.2
Napa 8.9 9.2 10.1
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura 9.6 9.8 10.4
Redding 14.6 14.3 16.7
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 12.5 12.4 13.8
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade 11.4 11.3 12.5
Salinas 15.3 15.5 16.9
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos 9.3 9.3 10.2
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont 8.7 8.7 9.9
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 9.1 9.1 10.5
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles 8.7 8.7 9.7
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta 8.9 8.9 9.7
Santa Cruz-Watsonville 13.6 13.5 14.8
Santa Rosa-Petaluma 9.3 9.3 10.3
Stockton 16.6 16.5 18.4
Vallejo-Fairfield 10.9 10.8 12.2
Visalia-Porterville 17.6 17.3 18.4
Yuba City 19.9 18.7 21.2
Colorado 8.2 8.4 9
Boulder 6.2 6.2 6.7
Colorado Springs 9.4 9.6 9.8
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield 8.2 8.4 9
Fort Collins-Loveland 6.8 6.9 7.7
Grand Junction 9.3 9.6 11
Greeley 9.2 9.6 10.3
Pueblo 10.6 10.7 10.9
Hawaii 6.2 6.4 6.6
Honolulu 5.5 5.6 5.5
Idaho 9 9 9.7
Boise City-Nampa 8.7 8.9 9.5
Coeur d'Alene 10.8 10.9 12.3
Idaho Falls 7.9 7.5 7.9
Lewiston 7.8 8.2 8.7
Pocatello 8.6 8.8 8.9
Montana 6.9 7.4 7.8
Billings 4.8 5.3 5.8
Great Falls 6 6.4 6.9
Missoula 6.9 7.5 7.6
Nevada 12.1 12.9 13.8
Carson City 12.7 13.5 13.8
Las Vegas-Paradise 12.2 13 14
Reno-Sparks 12.2 13 13.5
New Mexico 7.8 7.3 7.9
Albuquerque 8.2 7.6 8.1
Farmington 8 7.4 8.6
Las Cruces 8.1 7.7 8.1
Santa Fe 6.4 5.8 6.7
Oregon 9.7 9.6 10.6
Bend 13.5 13.1 14.7
Corvallis 6.1 6.3 6.6
Eugene-Springfield 9.2 9.3 10.3
Medford 12.3 12.1 13
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 8.6 8.7 10
Salem 10.1 10.2 11
Utah 6.2 6.1 7.7
Logan 4.7 4.7 5.7
Ogden-Clearfield 6.4 6.4 7.7
Provo-Orem 6.1 5.9 7.6
St George 8.2 8.3 10.2
Salt Lake City 5.9 5.8 7.3
Washington 9.1 9 10.3
Bellingham 8.5 8.1 9.5
Bremerton-Silverdale 8.2 7.8 8.7
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland 10.1 9.8 8.7
Longview 11.8 11.8 13.5
Mount Vernon-Anacortes 10.7 10.4 11.6
Olympia 8.5 8 9
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 8.3 8.1 9.6
Spokane 10.1 9.7 11
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee 9.8 9.4 10.4
Yakima 11.9 11.8 11.6
Wyoming 5.9 6.3 6.9
Casper 5.4 5.8 6.9
Cheyenne 6.7 7.3 7.6