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For metro areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million people or more, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan had the highest unemployment rate of 14.8 percent. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California had the next highest rates at 14.2 percent each.
Las Vegas-Paradise recorded the highest annual jobless rate increase of 3.7 percentage points. Farmington, New Mexico followed with an increase of 3.6 percentage points. The largest annual decrease in unemployment was seen in Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, which had a drop of 4.8 percentage points.
Bismarck, North Dakota and Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota had the lowest unemployment rates as of April, with 3.6 percent and 3.9 percent of residents unemployed, respectively. For large metro areas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia; and New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana had the lowest unemployment rates of 5.9 percent, 5.9 percent, and 6.1 percent, respectively.
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