June brings higher job­less rates in 78% of largest cities in U.S.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

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.

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