Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, November 6, 2018			USDL-18-1786

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Unemployment rates were lower in September than a year earlier in 308 of the 388
metropolitan areas, higher in 58 areas, and unchanged in 22 areas, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. A total of 109 areas had jobless rates of less
than 3.0 percent and 2 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll
employment increased over the year in 58 metropolitan areas, decreased in 1 area,
and was essentially unchanged in 329 areas. The national unemployment rate in
September was 3.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.1 percent a year

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Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In September, Ames, IA, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.4 percent. El Centro,
CA, and Yuma, AZ, had the highest unemployment rates, 19.3 percent and 19.1 percent,
respectively. A total of 201 areas had September jobless rates below the U.S. rate
of 3.6 percent, 169 areas had rates above it, and 18 areas had rates equal to that
of the nation. (See table 1.)

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease occurred in Brunswick, GA
(-3.2 percentage points). Eighty-one additional areas had rate declines of at least
1.0 percentage point. Texarkana, TX-AR, had the largest over-the-year rate increase
in September (+0.9 percentage point).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more,
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, had the lowest unemployment rate in
September, 2.2 percent. New Orleans-Metairie, LA, had the highest jobless rate among
the large areas, 4.8 percent, closely followed by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV,
4.7 percent. Thirty-eight large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,
seven had increases, and six had no change. The largest rate decreases occurred in
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, and Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (-1.2
percentage points each). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Louisville/
Jefferson County, KY-IN (+0.5 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
September, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA, and San Rafael, CA,
had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 2.2 percent each. Los Angeles-
Long Beach-Glendale, CA, and Philadelphia, PA, had the highest division rates, 4.8
percent each. (See table 2.)

In September, 34 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,
1 had an increase, and 3 had no change. The largest rate declines occurred in Chicago-
Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL, and Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI (-1.3 percentage
points each). The lone over-the-year rate increase was marginal (+0.2 percentage point
in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA).

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In September, 58 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 1 had a decrease, and 329 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-
the-year employment increases occurred in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 
(+128,700), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (+109,400), and New York-Newark-Jersey
City, NY-NJ-PA (+108,500). The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment
occurred in Midland, TX (+9.0 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ, and Cape
Coral-Fort Myers, FL (+7.0 percent each). Employment fell in Wilmington, NC (-4,500,
or -3.6 percent). (See table 3.)

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 34 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010
Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged
in 17 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large
metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (+5.9 percent), 
Jacksonville, FL (+4.4 percent), and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (+4.3 percent).

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In September, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 17 of the 38 metropolitan
divisions over the year and was essentially unchanged in 21 divisions. The largest over-
the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-
Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ (+93,000), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+85,900),
and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (+66,300). (See table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment occurred in Miami-Miami
Beach-Kendall, FL (+4.4 percent), followed by Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield
Beach, FL (+4.3 percent), and San Rafael, CA, and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (+3.9
percent each). 

The State Employment and Unemployment news release for October is scheduled to be
released on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The Metropolitan Area
Employment and Unemployment news release for October is scheduled to be released
on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).

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Last Modified Date: November 06, 2018