Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN, has lowest unemployment rate among largest metro areas

April 12, 2018

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee, and San Francisco–Oakland-Hayward, California, had the lowest unemployment rates in February 2018, 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York, had the highest jobless rate among large areas, 6.4 percent.

Unemployment rates for areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, February 2018
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate (1)

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.7%

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.9

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.0

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.1

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.2

Salt Lake City, UT

3.2

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.3

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.4

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

3.5

Jacksonville, FL

3.5

Richmond, VA

3.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

3.5

Oklahoma City, OK

3.6

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

3.6

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

3.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.7

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

3.7

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

3.8

Columbus, OH

3.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

3.8

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

3.8

St. Louis, MO-IL

3.8

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.9

Raleigh, NC

3.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

4.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

4.0

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

4.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

4.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

4.2

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

4.3

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

4.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

4.3

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.4

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

4.6

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.6

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

4.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.7

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

4.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

5.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

5.2

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.2

Pittsburgh, PA

5.3

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

5.3

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.7

Rochester, NY

5.9

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

6.4
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

Forty-five large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, four had increases, and two had no change. The largest rate decreases occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (−1.5 percentage points), and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (−1.4 points). No large area had an unemployment rate increase of more than 0.3 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. 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 — February 2018" (HTML) (PDF). Also see Charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN, has lowest unemployment rate among largest metro areas on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/nashville-davidson-murfreesboro-franklin-tn-has-lowest-unemployment-rate-among-largest-metro-areas.htm (visited September 22, 2018).

OF INTEREST
spotlight

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics