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