Unemployment rates fell in most US cities in July

August 31, 2011 - 12:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in a majority of U.S. cities in July, despite the weak economy that is producing few jobs.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 193 large metro areas, increased in 118 and were flat in 61.

The biggest monthly decrease was in Morgantown, W.Va. A burst of hiring at the West Virginia University lowered the rate there from 6.6 percent in June to 5 percent in July. Yuma, Ariz., a farming hub, experienced the largest increase, from 27 percent in June to 30 percent in July. Metro unemployment data is not adjusted for seasonal changes, such as the start of the school year.

In July, the U.S. economy added 117,000 net jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent.