Smoothed Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates
Due to upcoming methodological changes and conversion to the 2010-based Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delineations, smoothed seasonally adjusted data for
metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions will not be updated in conjunction with the January, February, or March 2015 news releases, and may not become available
again until a few months thereafter. The tables below containing data for the 2000-based OMB delineations will be temporarily removed on March 17th, when the not
seasonally adjusted data are converted to the new geography in the BLS time-series database. For the March 17th conversion of the not seasonally adjusted data, the
2010-based OMB geographic areas will be aggregated from their county or county subdivision components back to the series beginnings. Subsequently on April 21st, the
not seasonally adjusted data from 2010 forward will be comprehensively revised, reflecting input replacement, methodological enhancements, and re-estimation based on
the new geography. The not seasonally adjusted data are the inputs to the smoothed seasonal adjustment models, and the process of re-specifying these models cannot
commence until the comprehensive revisions to the not seasonally adjusted input data based on the new OMB geography become available. We will have a better indication
of when we will be able to resume publication of the smoothed seasonally adjusted data on or around April 21st, at which time additional information will be posted
here. More information on the upcoming methodological changes is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lauschanges2015.htm, and additional
detail on the 2010-based OMB delineations can be found at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.
Effective with the release of metropolitan area data for May 2011, the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program began
to publish smoothed seasonally adjusted civilian labor force and unemployment estimates for all metropolitan areas and metropolitan
divisions. These data are updated via the downloadable files below on the day of each
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release.
(See www.bls.gov/schedule/news_release/metro.htm for a schedule of upcoming release dates.) The files contain
estimates from January 2000 forward. See the Questions and Answers document for more information.
Downloadable Data Files
- Table 1. Civilian labor force and unemployment by metropolitan area, seasonally adjusted (TXT 11.4M) (ZIP 4.3M)
- Table 2. Civilian labor force and unemployment by selected metropolitan area and metropolitan division, seasonally adjusted (TXT 1.4M) (ZIP 519K)
Last Modified Date: February 4, 2015