Camden and Dallas had highest percent increases in employment for year ended February 2017

April 18, 2017

From February 2016 to February 2017, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 of the 38 metropolitan divisions and fell in 4. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Camden, New Jersey, and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+3.7 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease occurred in Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Massachusetts-New Hampshire (-1.1 percent).

Percent change in metropolitan division employment, February 2016–February 2017
Metropolitan division Percent change(p) February 2016 employment February 2017 employment(p)

Camden, NJ

3.7 516,300 535,200

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

3.7 2,453,500 2,545,000

Philadelphia, PA

3.0 919,200 946,800

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

3.0 1,611,600 1,659,600

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.8 994,400 1,022,200

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

2.5 815,000 835,600

Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

2.5 299,100 306,600

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

2.4 1,075,200 1,101,200

Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

2.4 1,282,900 1,313,500

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD

2.2 583,600 596,500

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

2.2 606,400 619,600

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA

2.1 1,776,300 1,813,200

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

2.0 1,115,900 1,138,100

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

2.0 1,198,100 1,222,000

San Rafael, CA

1.9 113,000 115,200

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

1.9 2,590,500 2,640,000

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL

1.9 1,149,800 1,172,100

Gary, IN

1.9 270,600 275,700

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA

1.9 57,200 58,300

Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

1.9 734,900 748,800

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH

1.8 150,300 153,000

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

1.6 4,353,900 4,424,700

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

1.6 6,727,000 6,837,600

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, NJ

1.6 1,024,200 1,040,700

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA

1.5 79,100 80,300

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH

1.4 64,100 65,000

Nashua, NH-MA

1.3 125,000 126,600

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

1.1 1,566,600 1,583,600

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

1.1 3,634,400 3,672,900

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA

0.6 95,400 96,000

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ

0.6 351,600 353,600

Framingham, MA

0.5 170,800 171,700

Newark, NJ-PA

0.4 1,175,900 1,180,700

Elgin, IL

0.1 247,200 247,500

Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

-0.1 141,800 141,600

Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA

-0.2 44,400 44,300

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI

-0.9 399,600 396,200

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH

-1.1 81,600 80,700
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

From February 2016 to February 2017, other metropolitan divisions with a percentage increase in employment greater than or equal to 2.5 percent were Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington (3.0 percent each); Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (2.8 percent); and Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida and Tacoma-Lakewood, Washington (2.5 percent each).

Other areas with a percentage decrease in employment from February 2016 to February 2017 were Lake County-Kenosha County, Illinois-Wisconsin (−0.9 percent), Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Massachusetts (−0.2 percent), and Dutchess County-Putnam County, New York (−0.1 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — February 2017" (HTML) (PDF). 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Camden and Dallas had highest percent increases in employment for year ended February 2017 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/camden-and-dallas-had-highest-percent-increases-in-employment-for-year-ended-february-2017.htm (visited October 18, 2017).

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