Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas unemployment rates down 0.8 percent over the year

August 09, 2018

In June 2018, among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 39 had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 9 had increases, and 3 had no change. The largest unemployment rate decreases in these metropolitan areas, all −0.8 percentage point, occurred in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia-North Carolina; Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada.

12-month change in unemployment rates, large metropolitan areas, June 2017–June 2018
Metropolitan area Over-the-year change
(in percentage points)
Unemployment rate, June 2017 Unemployment rate, June 2018

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.8 4.3% 3.5%

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.8 4.8 4.0

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.8 5.2 4.4

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-0.8 5.5 4.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-0.7 5.1 4.4

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-0.7 5.2 4.5

Richmond, VA

-0.6 4.0 3.4

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.6 4.3 3.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.6 4.5 3.9

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

-0.6 4.9 4.3

Rochester, NY

-0.6 4.9 4.3

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-0.6 5.3 4.7

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.5 3.3 2.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.5 3.5 3.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.5 4.0 3.5

Jacksonville, FL

-0.5 4.2 3.7

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-0.5 4.3 3.8

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.5 4.6 4.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-0.5 5.1 4.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.4 3.4 3.0

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.4 4.3 3.9

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

-0.4 4.5 4.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.3 3.8 3.5

Raleigh, NC

-0.3 4.0 3.7

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.3 4.8 4.5

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

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.2 4.4 4.2

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.2 4.5 4.3

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.1 3.3 3.2

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.1 3.5 3.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-0.1 3.7 3.6

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.1 3.7 3.6

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.1 3.8 3.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.1 3.9 3.8

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.1 4.2 4.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

0.0 3.2 3.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

0.0 4.5 4.5

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.0 6.1 6.1

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

0.1 2.8 2.9

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

0.1 3.3 3.4

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

0.1 4.4 4.5

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.1 4.5 4.6

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

0.1 4.6 4.7

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.1 4.8 4.9

Columbus, OH

0.2 4.3 4.5

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.3 4.1 4.4

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0.3 5.5 5.8

Note: These metropolitan areas have a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

The largest unemployment rate increases, each 0.3 percentage point over the June 2017–June 2018 period, were in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan, and New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana.

In June 2018, the unemployment rate in Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin, was 2.8 percent, the lowest rate among large metropolitan areas. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Austin-Round Rock, Texas; and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee had unemployment rates of 3.2 percent or lower.

The jobless rates in New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (5.8 percent), and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio (6.1 percent), were the highest among the large metropolitan areas. No other large metropolitan areas had unemployment rates over 5.0 percent in June 2018.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2018." 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, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas unemployment rates down 0.8 percent over the year on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/virginia-beach-atlanta-pittsburgh-and-las-vegas-unemployment-rates-down-0-point-8-percent-over-the-year.htm (visited December 11, 2018).

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