Ames, Iowa, has lowest April unemployment rate, at 1.5 percent

June 08, 2018

In April 2018, Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.5 percent. Yuma, Arizona, had the highest unemployment rate, 15.7 percent. Eighty-eight areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and three areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.

Lowest and highest metropolitan area unemployment rates, April 2018, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate

Ames, IA

1.5%

Iowa City, IA

1.9

Madison, WI

1.9

Urban Honolulu, HI

1.9

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

2.0

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

2.0

Midland, TX

2.1

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.2

Columbus, IN

2.2

Fort Collins, CO

2.2

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.2

Sheboygan, WI

2.2

Madera, CA

7.3

Yuba City, CA

7.3

Fresno, CA

7.5

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

8.0

Bakersfield, CA

8.3

Merced, CA

8.7

Visalia-Porterville, CA

9.2

Ocean City, NJ

10.1

El Centro, CA

14.4

Yuma, AZ

15.7

A total of 204 metropolitan areas had April jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.7 percent, 167 areas had rates above it, and 17 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. In addition to Ames, Iowa, other areas with low unemployment rates include Iowa City, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; and Urban Honolulu, Hawaii, (1.9 percent each). After Yuma, Arizona, El Centro, California (14.4 percent), Ocean City, New Jersey (10.1 percent), and Visalia-Porterville, California (9.2 percent), had the highest unemployment rates in April.

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 – April 2018. More charts and maps are available in the metropolitan area chart package.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Ames, Iowa, has lowest April unemployment rate, at 1.5 percent on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/ames-iowa-has-lowest-april-unemployment-rate-at-1-point-5-percent.htm (visited June 22, 2018).

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