Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, July 29, 2015                USDL-15-1485

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        METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2015


Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 351 of the 387 
metropolitan areas, higher in 28 areas, and unchanged in 8 areas, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Six areas had jobless rates of less 
than 3.0 percent and five areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm 
payroll employment increased over the year in 317 metropolitan areas, decreased 
in 61 areas, and was unchanged in 9 areas. The national unemployment rate in 
June was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.3 percent a year 
earlier.

Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Lincoln, Neb., and Fargo, N.D.-Minn., had the lowest unemployment rates in 
June, 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, 
Calif., had the highest unemployment rates, 22.6 percent and 21.1 percent, 
respectively. A total of 189 areas had June unemployment rates below the U.S. 
figure of 5.5 percent, 189 areas had rates above it, and 9 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 (-3.5 percentage points). Four other areas had rate declines of at least 2.0 
percentage points. Morgantown, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate 
increase (+1.2 percentage points).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 
Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 3.3 percent, 
followed by Salt Lake City, Utah, 3.6 percent. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., 
and Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark., had the highest jobless rates among the large 
areas, 7.0 percent each. Fifty large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate 
decreases and one had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Detroit-
Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-2.3 percentage points).

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, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael, 
Calif., had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 3.4 percent each. 
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division rate, 7.7 percent. (See 
table 2.)

All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in 
June. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (-2.8 
percentage points).

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, 317 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll 
employment, 61 had decreases, and 9 had no change. The largest over-the-year 
employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. 
(+168,900), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+152,000), and Dallas-Fort 
Worth-Arlington, Texas (+117,800). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in 
employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (+6.9 percent), followed by Sebring, Fla. 
(+6.1 percent), and Lake Charles, La. (+6.0 percent). (See table 3.)

The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, 
La. (-3,400), Pine Bluff, Ark. (-2,600), and Peoria, Ill. (-2,400). The largest 
over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Ark. 
(-7.6 percent), Yuma, Ariz. (-3.9 percent), and Racine, Wis. (-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. The largest over-the-year percentage 
increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in San Jose-
Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+5.5 percent), followed by Salt Lake City, Utah 
(+4.4 percent), and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (+4.3 percent). The only large 
metropolitan area that had an over-the-year percentage decrease was New Orleans-
Metairie, La. (-0.6 percent). 

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 35 of the 38 metropolitan 
divisions over the year and decreased in 3. The largest over-the-year increase in 
employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White 
Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+139,400), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. 
(+106,500), and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+91,400). The only over-the-year decreases 
in employment occurred in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-700), Taunton-
Middleborough-Norton, Mass. (-200), and Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-100). (See table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan 
divisions occurred in Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+4.7 percent), followed by San 
Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif. (+4.2 percent), and Dallas-Plano-
Irving, Texas (+4.0 percent). The only over-the-year decreases in employment occurred 
in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-0.5 percent), Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, 
Mass. (-0.3 percent), and Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-0.1 percent). 

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The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled 
to be released on Friday, August 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area 
Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



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