For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, August 3, 2016 USDL-16-1592
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JUNE 2016
Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 285 of the 387
metropolitan areas, higher in 75 areas, and unchanged in 27 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eight areas had jobless rates of
less than 3.0 percent and six areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 329 metropolitan areas,
decreased in 47 areas, and was unchanged in 11 areas. The national unemployment
rate in June was 5.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.5 percent
a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In June, the lowest unemployment rate was in Sioux Falls, S.D., 2.3 percent.
El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rate, 23.7 percent. A total
of 191 areas had June jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 5.1 percent, 180
areas had rates above it, and 16 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
(See table 1.)
Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate
decrease in June (-1.9 percentage points). Thirty-six other areas had rate
declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate
increase occurred in Casper, Wyo. (+2.7 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. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., had the highest rate among the
large areas, 6.9 percent. Forty-two large areas had over-the-year unemployment
rate decreases, eight had increases, and one had no change. The largest rate
decrease occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (-1.3 percentage
points). The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Houston-The Woodlands-
Sugar Land, Texas (+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,
3.1 percent. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division rate,
6.8 percent. (See table 2.)
In June, 35 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,
2 had increases, and 1 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Los
Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (-1.7 percentage points). The largest over-the-year
rate increase occurred in Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+0.3 percentage point).
Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In June, 329 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 47 had decreases, and 11 had no change. The largest over-the-year
employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+196,500),
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+171,900), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington,
Texas (+114,100). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred
in Madera, Calif. (+8.4 percent), followed by St. George, Utah (+6.7 percent), and
Janesville-Beloit, Wis. (+5.4 percent). (See table 3.)
The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, La. (-6,900),
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. (-5,500), and Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-4,400).
The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Casper, Wyo.
(-5.0 percent), Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-4.5 percent), and Odessa, Texas (-3.3 percent).
Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in all 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 Orlando-Kissimmee-
Sanford, Fla. (+4.5 percent), followed by Austin-Round Rock, Texas (+4.0 percent),
and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+3.9 percent).
Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In June, nonfarm payroll employment increased in all of the 38 metropolitan divisions
over the year. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+158,300),
followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+122,500), and Dallas-Plano-
Irving, Texas (+99,600). (See table 4.)
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (+4.5
percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.1 percent), and San Rafael,
Calif. (+4.0 percent).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled
to be released on Friday, August 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area
Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).