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Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country.
The Labor Department says rates fell in 311 of the nation's 372 largest metro areas. They rose in 45 and were unchanged in 16.
Nationwide, employers added 268,000 jobs in February, the most in a year. That pushed down the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent. But hiring slowed sharply last month, when employers added only 88,000 jobs.
Here are the unemployment rates for cities in the South:
Metro Area Unemployment Rates, South
Unemployment rates by state and city
Figures in percentages
Feb. 2013 Jan. 2013 Feb. 2012
Alabama 7.8 7.8 7.6
Anniston-Oxford 8.2 8.1 7.8
Auburn-Opelika 6.4 6.6 6.2
Birmingham-Hoover 7 6.9 6.8
Decatur 7.8 7.6 7.9
Dothan 7.7 7.6 7.2
Florence-Muscle Shoals 7.6 7.7 7.7
Gadsden 7.9 7.9 7.6
Huntsville 6.8 6.6 6.6
Mobile 8.9 8.7 8.7
Montgomery 7.9 7.9 7.7
Tuscaloosa 7.2 7.4 6.8
Arkansas 7.8 8.2 8.2
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers 5.8 5.9 6.4
Fort Smith 8.3 8.7 8.3
Hot Springs 8.2 8.4 8.5
Jonesboro 7.3 7.8 7.7
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 7 7.1 7.2
Pine Bluff 10.1 10.5 10
Delaware 7.6 7.9 7.6
Dover 8.1 8.4 8
Washington, D.C. 8.6 9.3 9.5
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-Md. 5.5 5.7 5.9
Florida 7.5 8 9
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 7.4 7.9 9.3
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 5.5 6 6.9
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 7.6 8.2 9.5
Gainesville 5.6 6.1 7
Jacksonville 7 7.5 8.9
Lakeland-Winter Haven 8.3 8.9 10.2
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 7.9 8.2 8.7
Naples-Marco Island 6.9 7.5 8.3
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota 7.2 7.9 9.1
Ocala 8.4 9.1 10.8
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 7.1 7.7 9
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 8 8.5 10
Palm Coast 10.3 11 12.5
Panama City-Lynn Haven 7.8 8.9 9.4
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 7.1 7.7 8.7
Port St Lucie 8.8 9.5 10.5
Punta Gorda 7.4 8.1 9.3
Sebastian-Vero Beach 8.9 9.5 10.3
Tallahassee 6.4 6.8 7.7
Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater 7.4 8 9.4
Georgia 8.6 9.1 9.5
Albany 9.2 9.7 9.9
Athens-Clarke County 6.1 6.5 7
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta 8.3 8.7 9.3
Augusta-Richmond County 8.5 9.1 9
Brunswick 9.6 10.2 10.7
Columbus 8.8 9.4 9.1
Dalton 11 11.9 12.4
Gainesville 6.9 7.4 8
Hinesville-Fort Stewart 8.8 9.3 9.4
Macon 9 9.4 10
Rome 9.3 10.2 10.8
Savannah 7.8 8.3 8.7
Valdosta 8.1 8.6 8.9
Warner Robins 7.2 7.6 7.8
Kentucky 8.6 8.7 9.3
Bowling Green 7.4 7.8 8
Elizabethtown 7.8 8 9.2
Lexington-Fayette 6.8 6.8 7.5
Louisville-Jefferson County 8.4 8.4 9.5
Owensboro 7.2 7.4 7.8
Louisiana 5.8 7.2 6.8
Alexandria 5.8 7.4 6.8
Baton Rouge 5.5 7 6.8
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux 4 5.2 4.9
Lafayette 4.2 5.4 5.1
Lake Charles 5.2 6.6 6.2
Monroe 6.3 7.7 7.4
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner 5.9 7.2 6.8
Shreveport-Bossier City 6.3 7.6 6.5
Maryland 6.9 7.2 7.2
Baltimore-Towson 7.1 7.5 7.5
Cumberland 8.2 9 8.8
Hagerstown-Martinsburg 8 8.3 8.8
Salisbury 9.5 9.9 10.1
Mississippi 9.9 10.7 9.5
Gulfport-Biloxi 9.4 10.1 9.1
Hattiesburg 8.6 9.3 8.2
Jackson 7.9 8.6 7.6
Pascagoula 10.7 11.5 10.4
North Carolina 9.5 10.2 10
Asheville 7.8 8.4 8.5
Burlington 9.3 10.1 9.8
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill 9.4 10 10
Durham-Chapel Hill 7 7.7 7.6
Fayetteville 10 10.8 10
Goldsboro 9.2 9.8 9
Greensboro-High Point 9.9 10.6 10.2
Greenville 9.1 10 9.3
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton 10.8 11.6 11.7
Jacksonville 8.9 9.5 9
Raleigh-Cary 7.5 8 8.1
Rocky Mount 13.2 14.1 13.3
Wilmington 10.2 11.1 10.7
Winston-Salem 8.8 9.5 9.3
Oklahoma 5.3 5.6 5.7
Lawton 6.6 6.9 7
Oklahoma City 4.9 5.2 5.2
Tulsa 5.6 5.9 6.3
South Carolina 8.8 9.3 9.8
Anderson 7.9 8.5 9.7
Charleston-Summerville 6.8 7.3 8
Columbia 7.4 7.9 8.4
Florence 9.8 10.1 10.8
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley 6.9 7.3 7.9
Myrtle Beach-Conway 11.2 12.4 13
Spartanburg 8.4 8.9 9.5
Sumter 9.8 10.2 10.9
Tennessee 8.2 8.5 8.5
Chattanooga 7.5 8 7.7
Clarksville 8.6 9 9
Cleveland 7.8 7.9 8.4
Jackson 8.3 8.6 8.5
Johnson City 7.5 7.9 7.7
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol 7.4 7.7 7.8
Knoxville 6.7 6.9 6.8
Memphis 9.3 9.7 9.3
Morristown 10.1 10.3 10.4
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro 6.4 6.6 7.1
Texas 6.5 6.9 7.2
Abilene 5.1 5.4 5.6
Amarillo 4.6 4.9 5
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos 5.4 5.8 6.2
Beaumont-Port Arthur 9.9 10.9 10
Brownsville-Harlingen 10.4 11 11.1
College Station-Bryan 5.3 5.9 5.8
Corpus Christi 5.9 6.5 6.9
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 6.3 6.7 7.2
El Paso 9.1 9.5 9.8
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 6.3 6.7 7.3
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 7.1 7.5 7.9
Laredo 6.9 7.2 7.6
Longview 5.7 6.2 6
Lubbock 5.1 5.5 5.7
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 11 11.6 11.4
Midland 3.2 3.4 3.7
Odessa 3.8 4.1 4.6
San Angelo 5.1 5.4 5.6
San Antonio-New Braunfels 6.1 6.6 6.9
Sherman-Denison 7 7.5 7.8
Texarkana 6.8 7.2 7.3
Tyler 6.6 7.2 7.4
Victoria 5.4 5.8 6.1
Waco 6.1 6.5 6.9
Wichita Falls 6 6.3 6.3
Virginia 5.7 6.2 6.3
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 7 8.3 6.5
Charlottesville 4.9 5.3 5.5
Danville 7.9 8.6 9
Harrisonburg 5.4 5.6 6.2
Lynchburg 6.4 6.8 7.1
Richmond 6.2 6.6 6.9
Roanoke 6 6.4 6.6
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News 6.2 6.8 7.1
Winchester 5.7 6.1 6.6
West Virginia 8.1 8.3 8.1
Charleston 7.6 7.8 7.3
Huntington-Ashland 7.7 8.2 8.2
Morgantown 5.6 6.1 5.8
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna 8.1 8.4 8.8
Wheeling 8.3 9.3 8.5
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