WASHINGTON — Confronted with declining tax revenues, high levels of unemployment and budget cuts, U.S. cities have been forced to make personnel cuts, delay or cancel infrastructure projects and slash local services, according to a new report.

However, there are some signs of fiscal improvement with 57% of cities saying that this year that they “are better able to meet fiscal needs than in 2011,” the National League of Cities found in its 27th annual City Fiscal Condition report.

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