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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Economic Status in Midcontinent Metropolitan Areas, Third Quarter 1976," by Ralph H. Todd.

During the third quarter of 1976, Midcontinent metropolitan areas experienced the most universal decline in unemployment rates since the monitoring system was initiated for the fourth quarter of 1975. September unemployment rates in all 25 areas were lower than the United States rate, which declined from 8.1 percent during September of 1975 to 7.4 during September of 1976. Only Fargo, Rapid City and Cheyenne experienced unemployment rates higher than during September of 1975. The increase in average weekly earnings of production workers in manufacturing continued as 13 areas experienced more rapid growth rates in average weekly manufacturing earnings than the nation and average earnings for manufacturing workers in 16 of the metro areas exceeded the national average.