Jobless rates rise in all US metro areas

April 1, 2009 7:28:38 AM PDT
Unemployment rates moved higher in all of the nation's largest metropolitan areas in February with Indiana's Elkhart-Goshen and North Carolina's Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown registering the biggest annual increases. [FIND A JOB: See listings for jobs around the Houston area]
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The Labor Department says all 372 metropolitan areas tracked saw their jobless rates rise in February from a year earlier.

Elkhart-Goshen and Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown were both hammered by manufacturing layoffs.

Eklhart-Goshen's jobless rate soared to 18 percent, up 12.5 percentage points. The unemployment rate in Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown jumped to 15.7 percent, a 9.3 percentage point increase.

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