Lower unemployment rates for cities in the Midwest

February 1, 2012

The Associated Press

Nearly 90 percent of major U.S. cities had lower unemployment rates in December than the same month a year earlier, a reflection of stronger hiring nationwide.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates fell in 329 cities last year. They rose in 37 cities and were unchanged in seven.

The national unemployment rate fell in December to 8.5 percent — the lowest level in nearly three years. Employers added 200,000 net jobs, the sixth straight month of solid hiring.

Unemployment rates rose from November to December in a majority of U.S. cities. However monthly metro area unemployment data can be volatile because they aren't adjusted for seasonal variations, such as holiday hiring.

The government will report Friday on U.S. hiring and unemployment in January.

Below are the unemployment rates in December, for states and cities in the Midwest:

Metro Unemployment, Midwest
Unemployment rates by state and city
Figures in percentages
 December 2011November 2011December 2010
Illinois9.39.48.8
Bloomington-Normal76.86.8
Champaign-Urbana7.97.87.8
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville9.39.68.7
Danville10.39.910.4
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island7.87.37.8
Decatur10.29.910.2
Kankakee-Bradley11.410.811.7
Peoria8.17.98.7
Rockford12.511.912.9
Springfield7.57.47
 
Indiana8.78.79.2
Anderson10.210.310.5
Bloomington7.57.17.3
Columbus778
Elkhart-Goshen11.211.212.2
Evansville7.47.27.9
Fort Wayne8.59.39.3
Indianapolis-Carmel8.28.38.4
Kokomo9.69.810.7
Lafayette7.57.48
Michigan City-La Porte109.910.6
Muncie9.71010
South Bend-Mishawaka9.59.310.2
Terre Haute10.39.910.2
 
Iowa5.85.26.2
Ames4.33.84.5
Cedar Rapids65.46.2
Des Moines-West Des Moines5.85.36.2
Dubuque5.34.66.3
Iowa City4.33.84.4
Sioux City5.75.17.1
Waterloo-Cedar Falls5.655.9
 
Kansas5.966.4
Lawrence55.35.6
Manhattan4.754.9
Topeka6.46.66.6
Wichita6.97.17.7
 
Michigan98.410.6
Ann Arbor5.55.16.6
Battle Creek7.76.99.4
Bay City8.47.410.4
Detroit-Warren-Livonia9.79.511.1
Flint9.68.711.9
Grand Rapids-Wyoming7.16.58.9
Holland-Grand Haven7.16.59.2
Jackson8.67.810.9
Kalamazoo-Portage7.76.99.4
Lansing-East Lansing6.96.48.3
Monroe8.47.510.6
Muskegon-Norton Shores98.411.4
Niles-Benton Harbor9.28.210.9
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North8.67.610.3
 
Minnesota5.75.36.8
Duluth6.66.17.4
Mankato-North Mankato4.54.15.4
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington5.55.26.6
Rochester4.74.35.6
St Cloud5.85.16.8
 
Missouri7.77.59.2
Cape Girardeau-Jackson6.76.68.1
Columbia4.94.96.2
Jefferson City65.87.2
Joplin6.66.58.3
Kansas City7.37.48.6
St Joseph6.76.68.3
St Louis8.38.19.4
Springfield6.86.78.5
 
Nebraska4.13.64.1
Lincoln3.63.23.6
Omaha-Council Bluffs4.74.14.7
 
North Dakota3.22.93.8
Bismarck3.22.74
Fargo3.73.14.1
Grand Forks4.444.3
 
Ohio7.67.69.2
Akron7.37.29.1
Canton-Massillon8.18.210.3
Cincinnati-Middletown7.77.89.1
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor6.96.98.5
Columbus6.46.67.7
Dayton8.28.39.8
Lima8.18.19.7
Mansfield9.39.311.1
Sandusky8.27.69.9
Springfield889.7
Steubenville-Weirton9.99.712.7
Toledo8.68.410.3
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman8.28.210.2
 
South Dakota4.43.94.9
Rapid City4.54.15.2
Sioux Falls4.33.84.9
 
Wisconsin6.66.67.1
Appleton5.95.86.4
Eau Claire65.86.1
Fond du Lac6.26.26.8
Green Bay6.36.46.6
Janesville8.38.49.3
La Crosse5.155.6
Madison4.74.74.9
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis6.97.17.3
Oshkosh-Neenah5.75.85.9
Racine8.18.28.5
Sheboygan6.46.77.4
Wausau6.56.57.1