Jobless rates rise in 49% of U.S. metros

Federal report details unemployment hot spots

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Metropolitan areas in California continue to register the highest unemployment rates in the nation, according to the latest figures released today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 13 metros with unemployment rates above 15 percent in November, 11 were in California.

That state’s El Centro continues to hold the nation’s highest unemployment rate, at 29.1 percent, and that rate remained flat from November 2009.

California has been plagued by the loss of construction and factory jobs and has the nation’s highest foreclosure rate by volume.