Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, has highest unemployment rate among large metro areas

May 30, 2014

In April 2013, of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, had the highest unemployment rate at 8.3 percent. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, had the lowest jobless rates among the large areas, 3.8 percent each.

Unemployment rates for selected large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, April 2014
Metropolitan areaUnemployment rate

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

3.8

Columbus, OH

4.3

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

4.5

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

5.0

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

5.4

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.1

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

6.5

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

6.6

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

7.4

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

7.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

8.3

Forty-eight of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, while one had an increase. The largest unemployment rate decline occurred in Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (−2.5 percentage points). Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama, had the only jobless rate increase (+0.4 percentage point).

Among metropolitan areas of all sizes, 214 had April unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.9 percent, 148 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. There were 14 areas with jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent and 118 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rates in April, 23.8 percent and 21.6 percent, respectively. Midland, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.3 percent.

Metropolitan area unemployment rates above, below, and equal to U.S. figure of 5.9 percent in April 2014
Metropolitan area unemployment rates above, below, and equal to U.S. figure of 5.9 percent in April 2014
Metropolitan Statistical AreaUnemployment rateIn relation to U.S. rate, April 2014

Midland, TX

2.3Below

Logan, UT-ID

2.5Below

Bismarck, ND

2.6Below

Ames, IA

2.7Below

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.8Below

Fargo, ND-MN

2.8Below

Iowa City, IA

2.8Below

Lincoln, NE

2.9Below

Odessa, TX

2.9Below

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA

3.0Below

Provo-Orem, UT

3.0Below

Salt Lake City, UT

3.1Below

Casper, WY

3.2Below

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.2Below

Amarillo, TX

3.3Below

Billings, MT

3.3Below

Lafayette, LA

3.3Below

Sioux Falls, SD

3.3Below

St. George, UT

3.4Below

College Station-Bryan, TX

3.5Below

Grand Forks, ND-MN

3.5Below

Ithaca, NY

3.5Below

Lubbock, TX

3.5Below

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

3.5Below

State College, PA

3.5Below

Portsmouth, NH-ME

3.6Below

San Angelo, TX

3.6Below

Abilene, TX

3.7Below

Charlottesville, VA

3.7Below

Cheyenne, WY

3.7Below

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

3.7Below

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

3.8Below

Great Falls, MT

3.8Below

Honolulu, HI

3.8Below

Oklahoma City, OK

3.8Below

Rapid City, SD

3.8Below

Victoria, TX

3.8Below

Columbus, IN

3.9Below

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

3.9Below

Lake Charles, LA

3.9Below

Lawrence, KS

3.9Below

Morgantown, WV

3.9Below

Rochester, MN

3.9Below

Rochester-Dover, NH-ME

3.9Below

Columbia, MO

4.0Below

Lancaster, PA

4.0Below

Madison, WI

4.0Below

Manchester, NH

4.0Below

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

4.0Below

Baton Rouge, LA

4.1Below

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

4.1Below

Dubuque, IA

4.1Below

Harrisonburg, VA

4.1Below

Lebanon, PA

4.1Below

Manhattan, KS

4.1Below

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

4.1Below

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

4.1Below

Boulder, CO

4.2Below

Cedar Rapids, IA

4.2Below

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC

4.2Below

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC

4.2Below

Missoula, MT

4.2Below

Tulsa, OK

4.2Below

Anderson, SC

4.3Below

Columbus, OH

4.3Below

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

4.3Below

Idaho Falls, ID

4.3Below

Longview, TX

4.3Below

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

4.3Below

Alexandria, LA

4.4Below

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

4.4Below

Gainesville, FL

4.4Below

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

4.4Below

Waco, TX

4.4Below

Wichita Falls, TX

4.4Below

Winchester, VA-WV

4.4Below

Asheville, NC

4.5Below

Columbia, SC

4.5Below

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4.5Below

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

4.5Below

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

4.6Below

Corpus Christi, TX

4.6Below

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

4.6Below

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

4.6Below

La Crosse, WI-MN

4.6Below

Lafayette, IN

4.6Below

Lewiston, ID-WA

4.6Below

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

4.6Below

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME

4.6Below

Santa Fe, NM

4.6Below

Sherman-Denison, TX

4.6Below

St. Cloud, MN

4.6Below

Boise City-Nampa, ID

4.7Below

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

4.7Below

Lawton, OK

4.7Below

Monroe, LA

4.7Below

Pittsburgh, PA

4.7Below

Pocatello, ID

4.7Below

Topeka, KS

4.7Below

York-Hanover, PA

4.7Below

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

4.8Below

Altoona, PA

4.8Below

Ann Arbor, MI

4.8Below

Raleigh-Cary, NC

4.8Below

Roanoke, VA

4.8Below

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

4.8Below

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

4.8Below

Spartanburg, SC

4.8Below

Springfield, OH

4.8Below

Tyler, TX

4.8Below

Athens-Clarke County, GA

4.9Below

Auburn-Opelika, AL

4.9Below

Corvallis, OR

4.9Below

Knoxville, TN

4.9Below

Naples-Marco Island, FL

4.9Below

Sheboygan, WI

4.9Below

Springfield, MO

4.9Below

St. Joseph, MO-KS

4.9Below

Akron, OH

5.0Below

Bloomington, IN

5.0Below

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

5.0Below

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

5.0Below

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

5.0Below

Evansville, IN-KY

5.0Below

Fort Wayne, IN

5.0Below

Holland-Grand Haven, MI

5.0Below

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

5.0Below

Jefferson City, MO

5.0Below

Joplin, MO

5.0Below

Napa, CA

5.0Below

Reading, PA

5.0Below

Richmond, VA

5.0Below

Tallahassee, FL

5.0Below

Trenton-Ewing, NJ

5.0Below

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

5.1Below

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL

5.1Below

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH

5.1Below

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY

5.1Below

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

5.1Below

Dayton, OH

5.2Below

Laredo, TX

5.2Below

Lynchburg, VA

5.2Below

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

5.2Below

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

5.2Below

Appleton, WI

5.3Below

Canton-Massillon, OH

5.3Below

Danbury, CT

5.3Below

Jackson, MS

5.3Below

North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL

5.3Below

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ

5.3Below

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

5.3Below

Wichita, KS

5.3Below

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

5.4Below

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

5.4Below

Cleveland, TN

5.4Below

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

5.4Below

Eau Claire, WI

5.4Below

Erie, PA

5.4Below

Lima, OH

5.4Below

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

5.4Below

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

5.4Below

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.4Below

Sandusky, OH

5.4Below

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA

5.4Below

Williamsport, PA

5.4Below

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

5.5Below

Anchorage, AK

5.5Below

Baltimore-Towson, MD

5.5Below

Bloomington-Normal, IL

5.5Below

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

5.5Below

Fairbanks, AK

5.5Below

Fond du Lac, WI

5.5Below

Greeley, CO

5.5Below

Green Bay, WI

5.5Below

Huntsville, AL

5.5Below

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

5.5Below

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

5.5Below

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

5.5Below

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC

5.5Below

Punta Gorda, FL

5.5Below

Rochester, NY

5.5Below

Tucson, AZ

5.5Below

Chattanooga, TN-GA

5.6Below

Coeur d'Alene, ID

5.6Below

Gainesville, GA

5.6Below

Jacksonville, FL

5.6Below

Johnson City, TN

5.6Below

Jonesboro, AR

5.6Below

Kansas City, MO-KS

5.6Below

Kingston, NY

5.6Below

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

5.6Below

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

5.6Below

Bangor, ME

5.7Below

Charleston, WV

5.7Below

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.7Below

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

5.7Below

Farmington, NM

5.7Below

Hattiesburg, MS

5.7Below

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

5.7Below

Olympia, WA

5.7Below

Springfield, IL

5.7Below

Sumter, SC

5.7Below

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR

5.7Below

Toledo, OH

5.7Below

Winston-Salem, NC

5.7Below

Bellingham, WA

5.8Below

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

5.8Below

Burlington, NC

5.8Below

Champaign-Urbana, IL

5.8Below

Mansfield, OH

5.8Below

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

5.8Below

Syracuse, NY

5.8Below

Wausau, WI

5.8Below

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

5.8Below

Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL

5.9Equal

Duluth, MN-WI

5.9Equal

Florence, SC

5.9Equal

Fort Smith, AR-OK

5.9Equal

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

5.9Equal

Johnstown, PA

5.9Equal

Kokomo, IN

5.9Equal

Prescott, AZ

5.9Equal

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.9Equal

Tuscaloosa, AL

5.9Equal

Battle Creek, MI

6.0Above

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

6.0Above

Jacksonville, NC

6.0Above

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

6.0Above

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

6.0Above

Albuquerque, NM

6.1Above

Binghamton, NY

6.1Above

Bowling Green, KY

6.1Above

Dover, DE

6.1Above

Goldsboro, NC

6.1Above

Greenville, NC

6.1Above

Hot Springs, AR

6.1Above

Jackson, TN

6.1Above

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

6.1Above

Lexington-Fayette, KY

6.1Above

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

6.1Above

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

6.1Above

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.1Above

Utica-Rome, NY

6.1Above

Warner Robins, GA

6.1Above

Wheeling, WV-OH

6.1Above

Wilmington, NC

6.1Above

Worcester, MA-CT

6.1Above

Barnstable Town, MA

6.2Above

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

6.2Above

Cumberland, MD-WV

6.2Above

Elmira, NY

6.2Above

Flagstaff, AZ

6.2Above

Owensboro, KY

6.2Above

Savannah, GA

6.2Above

Spokane, WA

6.2Above

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

6.3Above

Decatur, AL

6.3Above

Dothan, AL

6.3Above

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

6.3Above

Glens Falls, NY

6.3Above

Greensboro-High Point, NC

6.3Above

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

6.3Above

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

6.3Above

Muncie, IN

6.3Above

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

6.3Above

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

6.3Above

St. Louis, MO-IL 1

6.3Above

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

6.4Above

Gadsden, AL

6.4Above

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

6.4Above

Montgomery, AL

6.4Above

Pittsfield, MA

6.4Above

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

6.4Above

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

6.4Above

Anderson, IN

6.5Above

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

6.5Above

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

6.5Above

Morristown, TN

6.5Above

Springfield, MA-CT

6.5Above

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA

6.5Above

Elizabethtown, KY

6.6Above

Eugene-Springfield, OR

6.6Above

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

6.6Above

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

6.6Above

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

6.6Above

Ocala, FL

6.6Above

El Paso, TX

6.7Above

Valdosta, GA

6.7Above

Clarksville, TN-KY

6.8Above

Las Cruces, NM

6.8Above

New Haven, CT

6.8Above

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

6.8Above

Norwich-New London, CT-RI

6.8Above

Port St. Lucie, FL

6.8Above

Colorado Springs, CO

6.9Above

Danville, VA

6.9Above

Grand Junction, CO

6.9Above

Janesville, WI

6.9Above

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA

6.9Above

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI

6.9Above

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

6.9Above

Anniston-Oxford, AL

7.0Above

Fayetteville, NC

7.0Above

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

7.0Above

Macon, GA

7.0Above

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

7.0Above

Peoria, IL

7.0Above

Reno-Sparks, NV

7.0Above

Rome, GA

7.0Above

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

7.0Above

Mobile, AL

7.1Above

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA

7.1Above

Salem, OR

7.1Above

Columbus, GA-AL

7.2Above

Jackson, MI

7.2Above

Salisbury, MD

7.2Above

Terre Haute, IN

7.2Above

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

7.3Above

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

7.3Above

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

7.3Above

Pascagoula, MS

7.3Above

Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV

7.3Above

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

7.4Above

Monroe, MI

7.4Above

Racine, WI

7.4Above

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA

7.5Above

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI

7.5Above

Albany, GA

7.6Above

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA

7.6Above

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

7.6Above

Bay City, MI

7.7Above

Brunswick, GA

7.8Above

Carson City, NV

7.8Above

Flint, MI

7.8Above

Longview, WA

7.8Above

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA

7.8Above

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

7.9Above

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

8.1Above

Yakima, WA

8.1Above

Dalton, GA

8.2Above

Pueblo, CO

8.2Above

Bend, OR

8.3Above

Palm Coast, FL

8.3Above

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

8.3Above

Pine Bluff, AR

8.4Above

Chico, CA

8.6Above

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

8.6Above

New Bedford, MA

8.6Above

Kankakee-Bradley, IL

8.7Above

Danville, IL

8.9Above

Medford, OR

8.9Above

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

9.0Above

Decatur, IL

9.1Above

Rocky Mount, NC

9.1Above

Waterbury, CT

9.1Above

Rockford, IL

9.2Above

Salinas, CA

9.3Above

Redding, CA

9.5Above

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ

10.0Above

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

10.3Above

Madera-Chowchilla, CA

11.2Above

Bakersfield-Delano, CA

11.4Above

Ocean City, NJ

11.4Above

Stockton, CA

11.7Above

Fresno, CA

12.1Above

Modesto, CA

12.3Above

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

13.1Above

Visalia-Porterville, CA

13.4Above

Merced, CA

14.3Above

Yuba City, CA

14.5Above

El Centro, CA

21.6Above

Yuma, AZ

23.8Above

These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 2014” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0948.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, has highest unemployment rate among large metro areas on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140530.htm (visited July 31, 2014).

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