43 out of 51 largest metro areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases

August 07, 2017

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 43 areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and 8 had increases. The largest rate decrease occurred in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan (−2.0 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (+0.7 percentage point).

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, June 2017
Metropolitan areaChange in unemployment rate (p)June 2016 rateJune 2017 rate (p)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-2.0 percentage points5.7%3.7%

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-1.34.22.9

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-1.25.13.9

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-1.15.84.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-1.16.04.9

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.15.03.9

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-1.03.52.5

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-1.06.15.1

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-1.05.94.9

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.94.94.0

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-0.94.23.3

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.94.94.0

Jacksonville, FL

-0.85.04.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.85.14.3

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-0.86.35.5

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.84.73.9

Raleigh, NC

-0.84.53.7

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-0.86.35.5

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.74.53.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.75.24.5

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-0.75.04.3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.74.84.1

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

-0.65.44.8

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.65.95.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.65.44.8

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.64.94.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.64.64.0

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

-0.54.84.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.45.34.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

-0.45.65.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.44.94.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.44.03.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.44.03.6

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.44.84.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-0.35.65.3

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.34.74.4

Richmond, VA

-0.34.34.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-0.24.64.4

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.23.73.5

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.24.13.9

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.13.53.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.14.14.0

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

-0.14.03.9

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

0.14.54.6

Columbus, OH

0.24.24.4

Salt Lake City, UT

0.23.63.8

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

0.33.74.0

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

0.34.44.7

Rochester, NY

0.34.54.8

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.44.75.1

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.75.76.4
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado, had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.5 percent. Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 6.4 percent.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. Areas in the six New England states are Metropolitan New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs), while areas in other states are county-based. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2017” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 43 out of 51 largest metro areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/43-out-of-51-largest-metro-areas-had-over-the-year-unemployment-rate-decreases.htm (visited August 21, 2017).

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