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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 Midwest:
Metro Unemployment, Midwest
Unemployment rates by state and city
Figures in percentages
Feb. 2013 Jan. 2013 Feb. 2012
Illinois 10.5 10.1 9.5
Bloomington-Normal 8.1 7.8 7.5
Champaign-Urbana 9.3 9.1 8.6
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 10.4 9.9 9.2
Danville 12.4 11.8 10.9
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 8.2 8.3 8.3
Decatur 13.7 14.2 10.9
Kankakee-Bradley 13.3 12.8 12.9
Peoria 10.4 10.1 9
Rockford 13.4 13 13
Springfield 9.2 8.8 8.4
Indiana 9.3 9.6 9
Anderson 11.5 11.6 10.5
Bloomington 8.3 8.5 8
Columbus 7.4 7.7 7
Elkhart-Goshen 9.8 10.3 10.7
Evansville 8.1 8.4 7.9
Fort Wayne 8.9 9.1 8.9
Indianapolis-Carmel 8.5 8.7 8.2
Kokomo 10.2 10.7 9.9
Lafayette 8 9.2 7.6
Michigan City-La Porte 12 12 11
Muncie 10.4 10.4 10.1
South Bend-Mishawaka 10.2 10.5 10
Terre Haute 11.7 11.9 10.7
Iowa 5.7 6.1 6.1
Ames 3.8 4.2 4.1
Cedar Rapids 5.7 6.3 6.1
Des Moines-West Des Moines 5.5 6 6.1
Dubuque 5.5 6 6.1
Iowa City 3.7 4.1 4.2
Sioux City 5.6 6.1 5.9
Waterloo-Cedar Falls 5.4 6 5.7
Kansas 5.8 6.2 6.3
Lawrence 5.4 5.8 5.7
Manhattan 5.3 5.7 5.5
Topeka 6.7 7.1 6.9
Wichita 6.5 7 7.4
Michigan 9.3 9.7 9.8
Ann Arbor 5.3 5.3 5.7
Battle Creek 7.3 7.4 8.1
Bay City 9.6 9.4 9.7
Detroit-Warren-Livonia 10.2 11.3 10.6
Flint 9.8 9.9 10.1
Grand Rapids-Wyoming 6.6 6.6 7.5
Holland-Grand Haven 6.7 6.7 7.6
Jackson 8.9 8.8 9.3
Kalamazoo-Portage 7.6 7.7 8.3
Lansing-East Lansing 7.4 7.6 7.6
Monroe 8.2 8.9 8.7
Muskegon-Norton Shores 9.2 9 9.7
Niles-Benton Harbor 9.7 9.7 10.3
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North 9.2 9 9.4
Minnesota 6 6.6 6.6
Duluth 7.4 8 7.6
Mankato-North Mankato 4.9 5.5 5.4
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington 5.5 6 6.1
Rochester 5.1 5.5 5.5
St Cloud 6.6 7.2 6.8
Missouri 7.4 7.4 7.9
Cape Girardeau-Jackson 6.7 6.8 7.1
Columbia 4.8 5.1 5.2
Jefferson City 5.8 6 6.4
Joplin 5.9 6 6.6
Kansas City 7.1 6.9 7.3
St Joseph 5.9 5.9 6.5
St Louis 8 8.1 8.6
Springfield 6.1 6.2 7.1
Nebraska 4.2 4.6 4.5
Lincoln 3.8 4.2 4
Omaha-Council Bluffs 4.6 5 5.1
North Dakota 3.9 4.2 3.8
Bismarck 3.7 4.1 3.8
Fargo 4.3 4.7 4.4
Grand Forks 4.9 5.2 5.2
Ohio 7.6 8.4 8.3
Akron 7.3 8 8
Canton-Massillon 7.8 8.7 8.7
Cincinnati-Middletown 7.4 8 8.2
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor 7.7 8.2 8
Columbus 6.4 7 7
Dayton 7.9 8.7 8.6
Lima 8.3 9.1 9.1
Mansfield 8.8 9.7 9.8
Sandusky 8.6 10.2 9.6
Springfield 7.4 8.3 8.4
Steubenville-Weirton 10.5 11.8 10.9
Toledo 8.7 9.7 9.2
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman 8.7 9.7 8.9
South Dakota 4.9 4.9 5.1
Rapid City 5.2 5.1 5.1
Sioux Falls 4.4 4.4 4.9
Wisconsin 8.2 8 8
Appleton 7.4 7.2 7.3
Eau Claire 7.6 7.6 7.2
Fond du Lac 7.9 7.7 7.7
Green Bay 7.6 7.3 7.6
Janesville 9.8 9.5 9.7
La Crosse 6.6 6.6 6.5
Madison 6 5.9 5.7
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 8.4 8.2 8.1
Oshkosh-Neenah 7.3 7 7
Racine 10.2 9.8 9.5
Sheboygan 7.7 7.3 7.9
Wausau 8.4 8.1 8.3
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