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Published July 02, 2010, 09:45 AM

Bismarck Unemployment Rate Lowest in Nation

Unemployment rates in roughly two-thirds of the nation's largest metropolitan areas dipped in May as the gradual economic recovery spurred some hiring.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates in roughly two-thirds of the nation's largest metropolitan areas dipped in May as the gradual economic recovery spurred some hiring.

The Labor Department says the jobless rates dropped in 237 of 382 areas in May from April. It rose in 118 areas and was flat in 27.

Bismarck had the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.1 percent. Other metro areas in North Dakota and South Dakota reported low rates, including Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Higher prices for agricultural commodities have bolstered the upper Plains states. And because many of those states didn't experience the housing boom, they escaped the jarring bust.

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