June brings higher jobless rates in 78% of largest cities in U.S.
The unemployment rate in about threequarters of the nation’s largest metro areas rose last month as nearly 1 million teenagers began looking for summer jobs.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the unemployment rate rose in 291 of 374 areas in June from May. It fell in 55 areas and was flat in 28. That reverses the trend of the previous three months, when joblessness fell in most metro areas.
However, the report does not adjust the data for seasonal trends, such as high school or college students looking for work during the summer. As a result, the figures tend to be volatile from month to month.
In Central Texas, the jobless rate for June was 7.4 percent, unchanged from the same month last year but up from 6.9 percent in May.