A data chart image of Largest counties accounted for 74 percent of 12-month increase in U.S. employment, September 2014

Largest counties accounted for 74 percent of 12-month increase in U.S. employment, September 2014

March 30, 2015

From September 2013 to September 2014, the 339 U.S. counties with 75,000 or more jobs had a net job growth of 2 million. This accounted for 74 percent of the increase in U.S. employment. Among the largest counties, 328 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages.

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March 27, 2015

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings rise 2.1 percent from February 2014 to February 2015

Real average hourly earnings rise 2.1 percent from February 2014 to February 2015

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased 2.1 percent, seasonally adjusted, from February 2014 to February 2015. This increase, combined with a 0.6-percent increase in the average workweek, resulted in a 2.6-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the year.

March 26, 2015

A data chart image of Consumer Price Index unchanged from February 2014 to February 2015

Consumer Price Index unchanged from February 2014 to February 2015

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged over the 12 months ending in February 2015. Food prices rose 3.0 percent over the past year, while energy prices fell 18.8 percent. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.7 percent.

March 25, 2015

A data chart image of Unemployment rates fall in most metropolitan areas, for the year ending in January 2015

Unemployment rates fall in most metropolitan areas, for the year ending in January 2015

Decatur, Illinois, where the unemployment rate decreased from 11.4 percent in January 2014 to 8.0 percent in January 2015, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease among the 387 metropolitan areas in the United States, 3.4 percentage points. Rockford and Danville, Illinois, had over-the-year decreases of 3.2 percentage points and 3.1 percentage points, respectively.

March 24, 2015

A data chart image of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, has largest employment percent increase over the year

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, has largest employment percent increase over the year

From January 2014 to January 2015, nonfarm employment rose in all 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in these areas occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (+5.3 percent). Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky-Indiana, each had job gains of 4.4 percent over the year.

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