METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2017 Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 45 areas, and unchanged in 7 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-six areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and two areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 342 metropolitan areas, decreased in 39 areas, and was unchanged in 7 areas. The national unemployment rate in June was 4.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent a year earlier. Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In June, Fort Collins, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, closely followed by Boulder, Colo.; Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.; Fargo, N.D.-Minn.; and Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2.3 percent each. El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rates, 20.8 percent and 20.5 percent, respectively. A total of 192 areas had June jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 4.5 percent, 185 areas had rates above it, and 11 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.) El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June (-3.2 percentage points). An additional 106 areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Toledo, Ohio (+1.5 percentage points). Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.5 percent. Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 6.4 percent. Forty-three large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and eight had increases. The largest rate decrease occurred in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-2.0 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (+0.7 percentage point). Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 38 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In June, Nashua, N.H.- Mass., had the lowest unemployment rate among the divisions, 3.0 percent, followed by San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael, Calif., 3.1 percent each. Philadelphia, Pa., had the highest division rate, 5.9 percent. (See table 2.) In June, 25 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 12 had increases, and 1 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn- Livonia, Mich. (-2.2 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. (+0.5 percentage point). Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In June, 342 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 39 had decreases, and 7 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+169,500), Dallas-Fort Worth- Arlington, Texas (+115,300), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+102,600). The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Manhattan, Kan. (+7.8 percent), Fort Collins, Colo. (+7.2 percent), and Sebring, Fla. (+5.7 percent). (See table 3.) The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-2,800), followed by Shreveport-Bossier City, La. (-1,900), and Casper, Wyo. (-1,500). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Casper, Wyo. (-3.8 percent), followed by Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-3.2 percent), and Cape Girardeau, Mo.-Ill. (-2.9 percent). Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 50 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, and fell in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C. (-900, or -0.1 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (+4.0 percent), followed by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (+3.7 percent), and Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn.; and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (+3.6 percent each). Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In June, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 of the 38 metropolitan divisions over the year, and fell in 2. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+147,000), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+85,200), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+83,600). The largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (+4.3 percent), Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+3.4 percent), and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, Mass.-N.H., and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Fla. (+3.1 percent each). The over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Newark, N.J.-Pa. (-1,000, or -0.1 percent), and Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. (-400, or -0.5 percent). (See table 4.)
- 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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