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Unemployment rates fall in nearly all U.S. cities

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By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring. The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates declined in 344 of the 372 largest metro areas. Rates rose in just 17 cities and were unchanged in 11.

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