Unemployment falls in more areas in April - USATODAY.com Unemployment rates fell in April for more than 90% of the nation's 372 largest metro areas as hiring picked up around the country. The Labor Department says the jobless rate dropped in 346 areas last month. It rose in only 12 and remained flat in 14. That's much better than in March, when unemployment fell in 257 areas and rose in 89. Much of the improvement was seen in Midwestern regions with significant manufacturing operations. Manufacturers, who added 44,000 jobs nationwide in April, are benefiting from increasing foreign sales and efforts by retailers and other U.S. companies to restock their warehouses.