A new FCC requirement has spam calls on the decline – except in a few metro areas. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Is your phone being flooded with spam calls, scammers and telemarketers lately? More than usual, that is. Odds are you live in one of the metro areas that saw an increase in robocalls last month.

According to data from YouMail, robocalls were on the rise in July in the following metro areas:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Belleville, Illinois
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Fresno, California
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Evansville, Indiana
  • Indianapolis
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Knoxville, Tennesse
  • Los Angeles
  • Macon, Georgia
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Sacramento, California
  • St. Louis
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

That may seem like a long list, but the opposite is happening everywhere else in the country. Robocalls dropped 5% nationwide last month – a decline of more than 200 million calls. Experts suspect the decline is because of something called STIR/SHAKEN, an acronym that has nothing to do with cocktail making.

It’s a bit complicated, but basically the Federal Communications Commission is requiring phone providers to…

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