The majority of metropolitan areas saw a decrease in unemployment in August from the previous year, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 325 of the 372 metropolitan areas. It remained unchanged in seven areas and increased in 40.
In August, 54 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10 percent, down from 99 areas a year earlier.
Meanwhile, 123 additional cities posted rates below 7 percent, compared to 73 from August 2011.