Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

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            METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2017


Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan
areas, higher in 38 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Twenty-three areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent, and 11 areas
had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in
310 metropolitan areas, decreased in 71 areas, and was unchanged in 7 areas. The national
unemployment rate in March was 4.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent
a year earlier.

Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In March, Ames, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rates, 2.0 percent
each, closely followed by Fort Collins, Colo., 2.1 percent. El Centro, Calif., had the
highest unemployment rate, 19.2 percent. A total of 197 areas had March jobless rates below
the U.S. rate of 4.6 percent, 180 areas had rates above it, and 11 areas had rates equal
to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

Ocean City, N.J., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in March (-2.8
percentage points), closely followed by Grand Junction, Colo. (-2.7 points). Seventy-four
other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year
rate increases occurred in Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman,
Ohio-Pa. (+1.4 percentage points each).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Denver-
Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate in March, 2.4 percent. Cleveland-
Elyria, Ohio, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 6.5 percent. Forty-three
large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, six had increases, and two had
no change. The largest rate decrease occurred in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.
(-1.8 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Cleveland-Elyria,
Ohio (+1.0 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 March, San Francisco-
Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., had the lowest unemployment rate among the
divisions, 2.9 percent. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division rate,
6.0 percent. (See table 2.)

In March, 33 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 3 had
increases, and 2 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Chicago-Naperville-
Arlington Heights, Ill. (-2.1 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase
occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+0.5 percentage point).

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In March, 310 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment,
71 had decreases, and 7 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increases
occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+129,700), New York-Newark-Jersey City,
N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+108,200), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+107,600). The largest
over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Auburn-Opelika, Ala., and St. George,
Utah (+4.9 percent each), followed by Lake Charles, La., and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville,
Fla. (+4.6 percent each). (See table 3.)

The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Lafayette, La. (-6,500), followed
by Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-5,200), and Rochester, N.Y. (-4,400). The largest over-the-year
percentage decrease in employment occurred in Casper, Wyo. (-6.9 percent), followed by
Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-5.8 percent), and Farmington, N.M., and Lafayette, La. (-3.2 percent
each).

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 49 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census
population of 1 million or more and fell in Rochester, N.Y. (-4,400, or -0.8 percent), and
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. (-2,300, or -0.3 percent). The largest over-the-year
percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Atlanta-
Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga., and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn. (+3.9 percent
each), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,
Calif. (+3.8 percent each). 

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In March, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 of the 38 metropolitan divisions over
the year and fell in 4. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+100,300), followed by New York-Jersey City-
White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+93,700), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+84,300).
The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Newark, N.J.-Pa. (-5,500), followed
by Lake County-Kenosha County, Ill.-Wis. (-1,700), Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H.
(-400), and Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Mass. (-300). (See table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions
occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.1 percent), followed by Fort Lauderdale-Pompano
Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (+3.4 percent), and Camden, N.J., and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett,
Wash. (+3.2 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease occurred in Lynn-
Saugus-Marblehead, Mass. (-0.7 percent), followed by Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H.,
and Newark, N.J.-Pa. (-0.5 percent each), and Lake County-Kenosha County, Ill.-Wis.
(-0.4 percent).

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The State Employment and Unemployment news release for April is scheduled to be
released on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area
Employment and Unemployment news release for April is scheduled to be released
on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



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