METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2013
Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 293 of the 372
metropolitan areas, higher in 71 areas, and unchanged in 8 areas, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-one areas had jobless rates of at least
10.0 percent, and 73 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred ninety-
eight metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment,
63 had decreases, and 11 had no change. The national unemployment rate in November
was 6.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.4 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in November,
28.2 percent and 23.8 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest rate,
2.3 percent. A total of 204 areas had November unemployment rates below the U.S.
figure of 6.6 percent, 159 areas had rates above it, and 9 areas had rates equal to
that of the nation. (See table 1.)
Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate
decrease in November (-4.7 percentage points). Twenty-one other areas had rate
declines of at least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 102 areas had
declines between 1.0 and 1.9 points. Danville, Ill., had the largest over-the-year
jobless rate increase (+2.3 percentage points). Three other areas had unemployment
rate increases of 1.0 percentage point or more.
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more,
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest unemployment rate in
November, 9.4 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest
rate among the large areas, 4.0 percent. Forty of the large areas had over-the-year
unemployment rate decreases, seven had increases, and two had no change. The largest
rate decline occurred in Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C. (-2.1 percentage
points). Columbus, Ohio, had the largest jobless rate increase over the year (+0.8
Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan
divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In
November, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Mass.-N.H., had the highest jobless rate among
the divisions, 10.3 percent. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md., had the lowest
unemployment rate, 4.6 percent. (See table 2.)
Twenty-six of the metropolitan divisions had over-the-year jobless rate decreases
in November, while seven had increases and one had no change. Edison-New Brunswick,
N.J., had the largest rate decline from a year earlier (-2.7 percentage points).
Twelve other divisions had rate decreases of 1.0 percentage point or more.
Framingham, Mass., and Taunton-Norton-Raynham, Mass., had the largest unemployment
rate increases over the year (+0.4 percentage point each).
Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In November, 298 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 63 had decreases, and 11 had no change. The largest over-the-year
employment increases occurred in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island,
N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+200,500), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. (+97,600), and
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+86,200). The largest over-the-year percentage
gain in employment occurred in Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla. (+8.1 percent), followed
by Naples-Marco Island, Fla. (+7.9 percent), and Port St. Lucie, Fla. (+6.1 percent).
(See table 3.)
The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor,
Ohio (-8,100), followed by Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y. (-4,500), and
Peoria, Ill. (-3,100). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment
occurred in Decatur, Ill. (-3.0 percent), Carson City, Nev. (-2.9 percent), and
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, Fla. (-2.3 percent).
Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 36 of the 37 metropolitan areas with annual
average employment levels above 750,000 in 2012. The largest over-the-year percentage
increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Tampa-St.
Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (+3.3 percent), followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown,
Texas, and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn. (+3.1 percent each). The
only large area that had an over-the-year percentage decrease in employment was
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio (-0.8 percent).
Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Nonfarm payroll employment data were available in November 2013 for 32 metropolitan
divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers within a
metropolitan area. Thirty-one of the 32 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year
employment gains, and 1 had a loss. The largest over-the-year increase in employment
among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J.
(+128,500), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+67,000), and
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+56,300). The only over-the-year decrease in employment
occurred in Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. (-1,600). (See table 4.)
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+3.0 percent), followed by
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+2.6 percent), and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass., and
Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. (+2.5 percent each). The only over-the-year percentage decrease
in employment occurred in Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. (-0.2 percent).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for December is
scheduled to be released on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for December is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).
- Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Technical Note
- Table 1. Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area
- Table 2. Civilian labor force and unemployment by state, selected metropolitan area, and metropolitan division (1)
- Table 3. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by state and metropolitan area
- Table 4. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by state, selected metropolitan area, and metropolitan division
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