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VOL. 128 | NO. 129 | Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More Jobseekers Push City Unemployment Rates Up

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | AP Economics Writer

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in two-thirds of U.S. cities in May, as steady hiring encouraged more of those out of work to look for jobs.

The Labor Department says rates rose in 243 of the 372 largest cities. They fell in 109 and were unchanged in 20.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in May from 7.5 percent, as more people launched job searches. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they are looking for jobs.

Most of the biggest increases were in cities with large universities, where the end of the academic year likely caused many residents to look for summer jobs. The report isn't adjusted for such seasonal patterns.

Thirty-seven cities had unemployment rates of less than 5 percent. That's up from 29 a year ago.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 67 321 9,687
MORTGAGES 90 376 12,122
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 153 733 21,411
BANKRUPTCIES 51 213 7,549
BUSINESS LICENSES 33 92 3,404
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 70 382 11,661
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 88 2,691

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