Unemployment falls in nearly 90% of cities

| Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large metro areas in August, mainly because more people gave up looking for work.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities, including Pittsburgh, and were unchanged in 19. Pittsburgh's rate rose to 7.3 percent from 7.1 percent in July.

The nation's unemployment rate fell in August to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, also because more people stopped searching for jobs and weren't counted.

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