Unemployment rates were lower in September 2017 than a year earlier in 345 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 33 areas, and unchanged in 10 areas. Sixty-four areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent in September 2017, and 2 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.8 percent a year earlier.
Mobile, Alabama, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in September 2017 (–3.1 percentage points). An additional 129 areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Monroe, Michigan (+1.3 percentage points).
Among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 48 had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and 3 had increases. The largest rate decrease occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (–2.8 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (+0.4 percentage point).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — September 2017” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates decline in 345 metropolitan areas over the year ending September 2017 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/unemployment-rates-decline-in-345-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-september-2017.htm (visited January 29, 2023).