The Labor Department said on Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 237 of the nation’s largest cities. They rose in 103 cities and 32 cities saw no change. Some of these gains can be attributed to agricultural areas where hiring picks up around harvest time.
Most businesses barely hired this summer after the government said the economy barely grew in the first half of the year. Another area where there is a little bit of job growth is the recovering auto industry. Hiring picked up slightly in Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
The cities that showed the most improvement in unemployment rate in August still have very steep unemployment rates. The unemployment rate in Yuba City, CA fell from 18.6 percent in July to 17 percent in August. Yuba City is primarily an agricultural area in northern California. Modesto, CA, home of the biggest winemaker in the world, also saw a big improvement as their unemployment rate dropped over 1%. These gains in jobs in the agricultural market won’t last long because they are seasonal jobs.
If you’re looking for a job, move to North Dakota. Bismark reported the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at 3% followed by Fargo at around 4%.