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|
|Yuba City, Calif.||15.9|
|Lowest unemployment rates||Aug. 2012|
|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|