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Unemployment Rates for US cities in the West

In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, photo, job seekers wait in line to see employers at a National Career Fairs' job fair in New York. Unemployment rates declined in October in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, photo, job seekers wait in line to see employers at a National Career Fairs' job fair in New York. Unemployment rates declined in October in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Unemployment rates declined last month in more than half of the 372 largest U.S. cities, further evidence of steady improvement in the job market.

The Labor Department says rates fell in 201 metro areas. They rose in 116 and were unchanged in 55. The number of cities with unemployment below 7 percent rose to 180 last month, up from 107 a year ago.

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

Metro Unemployment, West
Unemployment rates by state and city
Figures in percentages
  Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011
Alaska 6 6.3 6.9
Anchorage 5.1 5.6 6.1
Fairbanks 5 5.4 6
 
Arizona 8.1 8 9.3
Flagstaff 7.6 7.5 8.5
Lake Havasu City-Kingman 9.4 9.1 10.8
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale 6.9 6.9 8.3
Prescott 8.5 8.3 9.5
Tucson 7.1 7 8.1
Yuma 29.8 29.7 28.8
 
California 9.8 9.7 11.3
Bakersfield-Delano 12.2 11.9 13.3
Chico 11 11.1 12.4
El Centro 28.1 30 30.7
Fresno 13.9 13 15.7
Hanford-Corcoran 13.9 12.8 14.6
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana 9.6 9.4 11.2
Madera-Chowchilla 12.5 11.6 14.2
Merced 14.7 14.4 15.5
Modesto 13.9 13.4 15.4
Napa 6.9 6.9 8
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura 8.6 8.8 9.8
Redding 11.5 11.6 13.1
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 11.7 11.6 13.2
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade 9.8 9.7 11.4
Salinas 8.8 8.5 10
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos 8.6 8.5 9.8
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont 7.7 7.7 9
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 7.9 7.9 9.4
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles 7.3 7.4 8.9
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta 7.3 7.1 8.4
Santa Cruz-Watsonville 8.7 8.8 10.1
Santa Rosa-Petaluma 7.6 7.6 9.3
Stockton 13.6 13.4 15.8
Vallejo-Fairfield 9.3 9.3 10.8
Visalia-Porterville 14.4 14 15.6
Yuba City 15.3 14.9 16.4
 
Colorado 7.5 7.4 7.7
Boulder 5.7 5.7 5.8
Colorado Springs 8.8 8.7 8.7
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield 7.4 7.4 7.8
Fort Collins-Loveland 5.9 5.8 6.2
Grand Junction 8.3 8.1 8.5
Greeley 8.1 7.9 8.6
Pueblo 10.1 10.1 9.7
 
Hawaii 5.5 5.6 6.7
Honolulu 5 5 5.9
 
Idaho 6.4 6.4 8
Boise City-Nampa 6.5 6.5 8.4
Coeur d’Alene 7.5 7.3 9.2
Idaho Falls 5.4 5.6 6.8
Lewiston 5.7 6.2 7
Pocatello 6.2 6.2 7.5
 
Montana 5.4 5.1 6.3
Billings 4 4 4.7
Great Falls 4.9 4.8 5.6
Missoula 5.2 5 6
 
Nevada 10.9 11.2 13.2
Carson City 10.7 10.9 12.6
Las Vegas-Paradise 11.1 11.5 13.6
Reno-Sparks 10.6 10.8 12.6
 
New Mexico 6 6 7
Albuquerque 6.4 6.4 7.6
Farmington 6 6.1 7
Las Cruces 6.2 6.2 6.8
Santa Fe 4.9 4.8 5.8
 
Oregon 8.1 7.6 8.8
Bend 10 9.4 11.4
Corvallis 5.8 5.7 6.2
Eugene-Springfield 8 7.6 8.9
Medford 9.5 9.1 10.1
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 7.5 7.3 8.6
Salem 8.4 8 9.1
 
Utah 5.1 4.7 5.9
Logan 3.8 3.5 4.3
Ogden-Clearfield 5.3 5 6.2
Provo-Orem 4.8 4.5 5.7
St George 6.2 5.9 7.4
Salt Lake City 5 4.6 5.8
 
Washington 7.2 7.7 8.4
Bellingham 6.4 6.9 7.4
Bremerton-Silverdale 6.6 6.9 7.4
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland 7.7 7.8 7.6
Longview 9.9 10.7 11
Mount Vernon-Anacortes 8.1 8.3 8.8
Olympia 6.9 7.3 7.7
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 6.9 7.3 8.3
Spokane 7.6 8 8.3
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee 5.9 6.2 6.5
Yakima 7.6 8 8.2
 
Wyoming 4.4 4.4 5.3
Casper 4.1 4.3 5.3
Cheyenne 5.1 5.2 6.2

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