Seasonally adjusted data for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions based on the 2010 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delineations were introduced on July 1, 2015. These replaced the smoothed seasonally adjusted data based on the 2000 OMB delineations that had been removed on March 17, 2015, when the unadjusted input data were converted from the 2000- to the 2010-based OMB delineations.

The statistical technique being used to adjust estimates for the 2010-based areas and divisions is SEATS, or Signal Extraction in ARIMA (Auto Regressive Integrated Moving Average) Time Series. For the 2000-based areas and divisions, a mixture of the SEATS and X-11 procedures had been used. Also, data for the 2010-based areas and divisions do not reflect the application of the Henderson 13 smoothing algorithm. This was determined to be unnecessary, because the unadjusted input series are benchmarked prior to seasonal adjustment.

For the sake of completeness, data for model-based areas and divisions are included in the files below. These are the Cleveland-Elyria and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metropolitan areas and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan divisions. Data for these model-based areas and divisions are smoothed via a Trend-Cycle Cascade Filter, as are the model-based data for states.

Effective with the release of metropolitan area data for May 2011, the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program began to publish 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 for a schedule of upcoming release dates.) The files contain estimates from January 2000 forward.

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: July 1, 2015