MIAMI (CBS4) – More than three-quarters of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas reported lower unemployment rates in February than the previous month; South Florida, however, bucked the trend with a higher rate.

According to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department, the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale jobless rate rose from 10.8 percent to 10.9 percent in February.

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But it wasn’t all bad news.

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The metro areas which posted the biggest job gains in February, compared with the previous month, were Miami-Fort Lauderdale, up 16,800; Los Angeles-Long Beach, with a gain of 53,600 and New York City-Northern New Jersey, a gain of 18,500.

Nationwide, private employers added more than 200,000 jobs in both February and March, the best two-month pace since 2006.

Lincoln, Nebraska reported the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. El Centro, California reported the highest unemployment rate at 26.9 percent.

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