IC’s unemployment rate nearly best in U.S.

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City has one of the lowest jobless rates in the nation, according to a metropolitan area employment and unemployment report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Thursday.

Iowa City’s rate sits at 4.7 percent, tied for third in the country.

Ames had the same jobless rate. Overall, February unemployment rates were lower than the previous year in 208 of the 372 metropolitan areas listed.

Lincoln, Neb., had the lowest rate in the country at roughly 4.2 percent, and Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rate at 26.9 percent. March’s national unemployment rate was 8.8 percent.

— by Alison Sullivan

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