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VOL. 128 | NO. 129 | Wednesday, July 3, 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 83 130 1,129
MORTGAGES 95 178 1,373
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 12 45 197
BUILDING PERMITS 345 345 1,998
BANKRUPTCIES 61 132 767
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 53 88 480
MARRIAGE LICENSES 44 44 126

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