Unemployment rates fall in 92 per cent of US cities in April, latest sign of widespread gains

WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring. The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates declined in 344 of the 372 largest metro areas. Rates rose in just 17 cities and were unchanged in 11.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate dipped to a four-year low of 7.5 per cent in April from 7.6 per cent in March. Employers have added an average of 208,000 jobs each month in the past six months. That’s up from just 138,000 in the previous six.

The metro unemployment data aren’t seasonally adjusted for trends like the hiring of summer employees in coastal cities. As a result, it can be more volatile than the national data.