Employment in metropolitan areas, March 2011
April 28, 2011
In March, 260 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 101 reported decreases, and 11 were unchanged. The largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+69,000), followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+51,800); Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (+47,700); New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+47,300); and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California (+39,500).
The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Sandusky, Ohio (+7.8 percent), followed by Joplin, Missouri (+6.9 percent); and Kokomo, Indiana (+6.7 percent).
The largest over-the-year employment decrease was recorded in Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, California (−14,600), followed by Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas (−7,500); Baltimore-Towson, Maryland (−5,300); Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia (−4,900); and Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey (−3,900).
The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (−3.2 percent), followed by Lewiston, Idaho-Washington; and Yuma, Arizona (−2.7 percent each).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metropolitan Area) program. For more information, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – March 2011" (HTML) (PDF), new release USDL-11-0585. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in metropolitan areas, March 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110428.htm (visited April 18, 2015).
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