Metropolitan area unemployment: July 2008–09
September 02, 2009
The largest July 2008–09 over-the-year metropolitan area employment decrease was recorded in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA (-240,100), followed by Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI (-206,200), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA (-157,900), and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (-143,100).
The largest July 2008–09 over-the-year metropolitan area percentage decline in employment was reported in Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ (-9.3 percent), followed by Prescott AZ (-8.9 percent) Reno-Sparks NV (-8.4 percent), and Holland-Grand Haven, MI (-8.3 percent).
Unemployment rates were higher in July 2009 than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas. Among the 369 metropolitan areas for which nonfarm payroll data were available, 353 areas reported over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment, 14 reported increases, and 2 had not change. Nonfarm employment declined in all 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2008.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. The most recent metropolitan area unemployment rates are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment: July 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1065.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area unemployment: July 2008–09 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090902.htm (visited January 23, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.