Among metros with a population of 1 million or more, Minneapolis retains the title of lowest big city unemployment rate, at 2.1 percent in October. Cleveland had the highest big city unemployment rate, at 4.5 percent.
Among all metropolitan statistical areas, Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University, had the lowest unemployment rate, at just 1.1 percent.
The agricultural community of El Centro, California, on the Mexico border, had the highest unemployment rate in October, at 19.2 percent.
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