Unemployment rates fell below 7 percent in a majority of U.S. cities in November, evidence that steady job gains are benefiting most parts of the country.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates fell in November from October in 215 of the 372 largest metro areas. Rates were unchanged in 33 and rose in 124.

Rates dropped below 7 percent in 192 cities. That’s the first time since the recession ended that more than half of large cities had rates below that threshold.

Here are unemployment rates in November for states and cities in the West:

Unemployment rates by state and city

Figures in percentages

Nov. 2012 Oct. 2012 Nov. 2011

Alaska 6.6 5.9 7.2

Anchorage 5.5 5 6.1

Fairbanks 5.7 4.9 6.4

Arizona 7.5 8.1 8.7

Flagstaff 7.6 7.6 8.7

Lake Havasu

City-Kingman 8.8 9.4 10.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale 6.5 6.9 7.7

Prescott 7.9 8.5 9

Tucson 6.6 7.1 7.6

Yuma 27.5 29.8 26.3

California 9.6 9.8 10.9

Bakersfield-Delano 12.4 12.2 13.3

Chico 11.1 11 12.2

El Centro 26.6 29.4 28.9

Fresno 14.4 13.8 15.8

Hanford-Corcoran 13.9 13.7 14.8

Los Angeles-Long

Beach-Santa Ana 9.1 9.5 10.8

Madera-Chowchilla 13.6 12.5 14.7

Merced 15.7 14.6 16.4

Modesto 14.5 13.9 15.6

Napa 7.5 6.9 8.5

Oxnard-Thousand

Oaks-Ventura 8.6 8.7 9.6

Redding 11.7 11.6 13.3

Riverside-San

Bernardino-Ontario 11.3 11.7 12.4

Sacramento-

Arden-Arcade 9.8 9.8 11

Salinas 9.8 8.8 10.7

San Diego-Carlsbad-

San Marcos 8.3 8.6 9.4

San Francisco-

Oakland-Fremont 7.5 7.7 8.7

San Jose-Sunnyvale-

Santa Clara 7.8 7.9 9.1

San Luis Obispo-

Paso Robles 7.3 7.3 8.6

Santa Barbara-Santa

Maria-Goleta 7.3 7.3 8.2

Santa Cruz-Watsonville 9.5 8.7 10.9

Santa Rosa-Petaluma 7.7 7.6 9.1

Stockton 14.1 13.6 15.8

Vallejo-Fairfield 9.3 9.3 10.5

Visalia-Porterville 14.5 14.4 15.4

Yuba City 15.8 15.2 16.6

Colorado 7.5 7.5 7.7

Boulder 5.7 5.8 5.7

Colorado Springs 8.8 8.8 8.6

Denver-Aurora-

Broomfield 7.4 7.4 7.7

Fort Collins-Loveland 6 5.9 6.1

Grand Junction 8.4 8.3 8.4

Greeley 8.2 8.1 8.5

Pueblo 10.1 10.3 9.6

Hawaii 5.3 5.4 6.7

Honolulu 4.8 5 5.8

Idaho 6.6 6.4 8.1

Boise City-Nampa 6.4 6.5 8.3

Coeur d’Alene 7.7 7.6 9.5

Idaho Falls 5.5 5.4 6.8

Lewiston 5.7 5.9 7.2

Pocatello 6.3 6.2 7.6

Montana 5.7 5.4 6.4

Billings 4 4 4.6

Great Falls 4.9 4.9 5.5

Missoula 5.4 5.2 6.2

Nevada 10.2 10.9 12.7

Carson City 10.3 10.7 12.4

Las Vegas-Paradise 10.4 11.1 13

Reno-Sparks 9.9 10.6 12.1

New Mexico 6 6 6.6

Albuquerque 6.3 6.4 7.1

Farmington 6 6 6.6

Las Cruces 6.1 6.2 6.6

Santa Fe 4.7 4.8 5.2

Oregon 8.1 8 8.6

Bend 10.4 10.1 11.6

Corvallis 5.7 5.8 5.8

Eugene-Springfield 7.9 8 8.6

Medford 9.4 9.6 10.1

Portland-Vancouver-

Hillsboro 7.4 7.6 8.3

Salem 8.6 8.5 9.1

Utah 4.9 5.1 5.5

Logan 3.7 3.8 3.8

Ogden-Clearfield 5.1 5.3 5.7

Provo-Orem 4.6 4.8 5.1

St George 6.2 6.3 7.1

Salt Lake City 4.8 5 5.4

Washington 7.3 7.3 8.4

Bellingham 6.5 6.3 7.4

Bremerton-Silverdale 6.5 6.4 7.2

Kennewick-

Pasco-Richland 8.6 7.5 8.3

Longview 9.9 9.9 11

Mount Vernon-Anacortes 8.4 7.9 9.4

Olympia 6.9 6.7 7.5

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 6.8 6.9 8

Spokane 7.7 7.4 8.3

Wenatchee-

East Wenatchee 7.3 5.8 7.9

Yakima 9.1 7.4 9.4

Wyoming 5.1 4.4 5.5

Casper 4.5 4.1 5.2

Cheyenne 5.5 5.1 6.1

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Charm29
Charm29

It seems that unemployment rate continuously falling nowadays. Well, it's good to know that in spite of the fiscal cliff tax increases and trepidation over the sequester cuts, the hiring growth indicates the confidence of American businesses. A falling unemployment rate indicates a growing economy which is usually accompanied by higher inflation rate and may call for increase in interest rates. Check this out!

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