The US unemployment rate dropped in 339 metro areas in April from March, the Labor Department said. It rose in 20 cities and remained unchanged in 13.
Many of the areas with the steepest declines are tourist destinations, such as Ocean City, N.J., where hotels and tourist attractions add workers for the summer season.
Salinas, California, which is near tourist destinations Monterey and Carmel, reported the sharpest decline. Unemployment there fell to 12.6% in April from 16.5% in March.
The government will release the May employment report on Friday. The consensus forecast is that the economy added 180,000 net jobs last month and the unemployment rate dipped to 8.9%.