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Nonmetro unemployment improves slightly in 2004

The nonmetro unemployment rate improved slightly in 2004 from the previous year, falling from 5.8 to 5.5 percent. Nonmetro unemployment rates ranged from a high of 20.5 percent in the Wade Hampton Census Area in Alaska to a low of 1.6 percent in McPherson County in Nebraska. The highest unemployment rates in 2004 were concentrated in the Northwest, Alaska, the Mississippi Delta, and Northern Michigan.