Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, August 1, 2018                       USDL-18-1239

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Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 298 of the 388 metropolitan
areas, higher in 61 areas, and unchanged in 29 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Thirty-eight areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and two
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 337 areas. The national
unemployment rate in June was 4.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.5 percent
a year earlier.

Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, Ames, IA, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent. Yuma, AZ, and El Centro,
CA, had the highest unemployment rates, 19.1 percent and 18.0 percent, respectively. A
total of 190 areas had June jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.2 percent, 185 areas
had rates below it, and 13 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

Farmington, NM, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June (-2.1
percentage points). Nine additional areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage
point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Texarkana, TX-AR (+0.8
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 June,
2.8 percent. Cleveland-Elyria, OH, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas,
6.1 percent. Thirty-nine large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,
nine had increases, and three had no change. The largest rate decreases occurred in
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA; Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV; Pittsburgh, PA;
and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (-0.8 percentage point each). No large
area had an unemployment rate increase greater than 0.3 percentage point.

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 | Expanded Use of Statistical Significance in Nonfarm Payroll Employment Analysis |
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 | Beginning with this news release, the nonfarm payroll employment analysis has   |
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 | the Technical Note section on reliability of the estimates.                     |

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 June, San Francisco-
Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA, had the lowest unemployment rate among the
divisions, 2.6 percent. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI, had the highest division rate,
5.4 percent. (See table 2.)

In June, 30 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 6 had
increases, and 2 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Chicago-Naperville
-Arlington Heights, IL (-1.1 percentage points). No metropolitan division had an unemployment
rate increase greater than 0.4 percentage point.

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, 51 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment
and 337 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year employment increases
occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (+117,400), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington,
TX (+109,400), and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (+94,600). The largest over-the-
year percentage gains in employment occurred in Midland, TX (+9.5 percent), Crestview-
Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL (+4.5 percent), and Olympia-Tumwater, WA, and Provo-Orem, UT
(+4.0 percent each). (See table 3.)

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 35 of 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census
population of 1 million or more while employment remained essentially unchanged in 16.
The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan
areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (+3.6 percent), Austin-Round Rock, TX (+3.4
percent), and Raleigh, NC, and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (+3.2 percent each).

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In June, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 13 of the 38 metropolitan divisions over
the year and remained essentially unchanged in 25. The largest over-the-year increase in
employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains,
NY-NJ (+97,100), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+83,300), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Glendale, CA (+66,400). (See table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Tacoma-Lakewood, WA (+4.0
percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+3.2 percent), and Seattle-Bellevue-
Everett, WA (+2.8 percent).

The State Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on
Friday, August 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unem-
ployment news release for July is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 29, 2018,
at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

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