Unemployment rose in nearly all U.S. cities

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Unemployment rates rose in more than 90 percent of U.S. cities in June, mirroring a national slowdown in hiring.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas. They dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven. That’s worse than in May, when rates rose in 210 cities. And it is a sharp reversal from April, when rates fell in nearly all metro areas.

In the Portland-Vancouver area, the unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent in June, up from 8.9 percent in May. Clark County’s jobless rate was 12.7 percent in May, the most recent statistic available.

The national unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in June, the highest level so far this year.