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Jobless rates rise in all US metro areas in May

Associated Press - June 30, 2009 10:33 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates rose in all the largest U.S. metropolitan areas for the fifth straight month in May.

The Labor Department says jobless rates in May rose from a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan area it tracks.

The unemployment rate in Kokomo, Ind., jumped to 18.8%, up 11.7%age points from a year ago, the largest increase of all metro areas. The second-highest jump occurred in Indiana's Elkhart-Goshen. Its rate jumped to 17.5%, up 11.4%age points from a year earlier. Both areas have been slammed by layoffs in transportation equipment manufacturing.

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