For second consecutive month, Twin Cities has lowest big city unemployment rate

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For the second consecutive month, the Twin Cities has the lowest unemployment rate among cities with a population of more than 1 million.

The U.S. Labor Department released its monthly unemployment statistics Tuesday, and listed the June jobless rate in the Twin Cities metro area at 5.1 percent. That's the same rate as the previous month.

The Associated Press reported that the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, down from 8.2 percent a year ago.

Still, unemployment rates rose in most large U.S. cities in June. The reason for the rise is seasonal; June is the month that college graduates and many of those still in school begin searching for jobs and are counted among the jobless and the job-seeking. Unlike national figures, metro unemployment data are not adjusted for such seasonal changes.

The city with the nation's lowest unemployment rate was Bismarck, N.D, where the rate was 2.8 percent.

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