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Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, January 3, 2020					     USDL-20-0001

Technical information:
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		        METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2019


Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 223 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher
in 137 areas, and unchanged in 29 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. A total of 153
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 51 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in the
remaining 338 areas. The national unemployment rate in November was 3.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted,
little changed from a year earlier.

This news release presents statistics from two monthly programs. The civilian labor force and unemployment
data are based on the same concepts and definitions as those used for the national household survey
estimates. These data pertain to individuals by where they reside. The employment data are from an 
establishment survey that measures nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry. These data pertain
to jobs on payrolls defined by where the establishments are located. For more information about the concepts
and statistical methodologies used by these two programs, see the Technical Note.

Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In November, Logan, UT-ID, and Ames, IA, had the lowest unemployment rates, 1.5 percent and 1.6 percent,
respectively. El Centro, CA, and Yuma, AZ, had the highest unemployment rates, 20.6 percent and 15.4 
percent, respectively. A total of 215 areas had November jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.3 percent,
161 areas had rates above it, and 13 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

Kokomo, IN, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November (-4.6 percentage points),
followed by Rockford, IL (-4.3 points), and Panama City, FL (-4.2 points). Twenty-six other areas had rate
declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in El Centro,
CA (+2.1 percentage points).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Salt Lake City, UT, had the
lowest unemployment rate in November, 1.9 percent. New Orleans-Metairie, LA, had the highest jobless rate
among the large areas, 4.4 percent. Thirty-six large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 13
had increases, and 2 had no change. The largest rate decreases occurred in Cleveland-Elyria, OH (-1.1 per-
centage points), and Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, and Seattle-Takoma-Bellevue, WA (-1.0 point each). The
largest jobless rate increase was in Pittsburgh, PA (+0.8 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 November, Framingham, MA, and San Francisco-
Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA, had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 1.9 percent 
each. Tacoma-Lakewood, WA, and Philadelphia, PA, had the highest division rates, 5.1 percent and 5.0
percent, respectively. (See table 2.)

In November, 27 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 8 had increases, and 3
had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (-1.4 percentage points).
The largest over-the-year jobless rate increase occurred in Philadelphia, PA (+0.6 percentage point).

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In November, 51 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 338 were
essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-
Arlington, TX (+120,700), New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (+99,400), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Anaheim, CA (+96,000). The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Myrtle Beach-
Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC (+5.1 percent), Idaho Falls, ID (+4.5 percent), and Ogden-Clearfield, UT 
(+4.2 percent). (See table 3.)

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 36 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1
million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 15 areas. The largest over-the-year 
percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Raleigh, NC (+3.8 percent),
Jacksonville, FL (+3.4 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, and San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 
(+3.2 percent each). 

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In November, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 12 of the 38 metropolitan divisions over the year and
was essentially unchanged in 26 divisions. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the 
metropolitan divisions occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+97,800), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Glendale, CA (+81,900), and New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ (+77,300). (See table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+3.7
percent), San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA (+3.1 percent), and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, 
WA (+3.0 percent).

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The State Employment and Unemployment news release for December 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday,
January 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for
December 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).



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Last Modified Date: January 03, 2020