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Kokomo, Indiana, had largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November 2019

January 08, 2020

Unemployment rates were lower in November 2019 than a year earlier in 223 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 137 areas, and unchanged in 29 areas. Kokomo, Indiana, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November (−4.6 percentage points), followed by Rockford, Illinois (−4.3 points), and Panama City, Florida (−4.2 points). Twenty-six other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in El Centro, California (2.1 percentage points).

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Unemployment rates and over-the-year change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, November 2019
Metropolitan area November 2019 Unemployment rate Percentage point change, November 2018 to November 2019

Logan, UT-ID

1.5% -0.9

Ames, IA

1.6 0.4

Provo-Orem, UT

1.7 -0.8

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

1.8 -0.2

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

1.8 -0.7

Iowa City, IA

1.8 0.3

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

1.8 -1.0

Fargo, ND-MN

1.9 0.0

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

1.9 -0.8

Salt Lake City, UT

1.9 -0.8

Columbia, SC

2.0 -0.8

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

2.0 -0.7

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

2.0 0.3

Spartanburg, SC

2.0 -0.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

2.1 -0.3

Boulder, CO

2.1 -0.9

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

2.1 0.1

Fort Collins, CO

2.1 -0.9

Gainesville, GA

2.1 -0.6

Huntsville, AL

2.1 -0.8

Midland, TX

2.1 0.2

Portsmouth, NH-ME

2.1 0.0

St. George, UT

2.1 -1.0

Ann Arbor, MI

2.2 -0.3

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2.2 -0.8

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.2 -0.8

Charlottesville, VA

2.2 -0.1

Columbia, MO

2.2 0.4

Corvallis, OR

2.2 -0.8

Decatur, AL

2.2 -0.8

Dubuque, IA

2.2 0.4

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

2.2 -0.2

Grand Forks, ND-MN

2.2 0.2

Harrisonburg, VA

2.2 -0.3

Madison, WI

2.2 0.3

Manchester, NH

2.2 0.1

Portland-South Portland, ME

2.2 -0.6

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.2 -0.2

Bismarck, ND

2.3 0.0

Columbus, IN

2.3 -0.1

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

2.3 -0.5

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

2.3 -0.9

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.3 0.4

Florence, SC

2.3 -1.0

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

2.3 -0.1

Greeley, CO

2.3 -0.9

Idaho Falls, ID

2.3 0.1

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

2.3 0.2

Rochester, MN

2.3 0.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.3 -0.2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

2.3 -0.1

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.3 -0.8

Winchester, VA-WV

2.3 -0.2

Athens-Clarke County, GA

2.4 -0.7

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.4 -1.0

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.4 0.0

Santa Rosa, CA

2.4 -0.1

Urban Honolulu, HI

2.4 -0.2

Amarillo, TX

2.5 -0.1

Appleton, WI

2.5 0.3

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.5 -0.2

Dothan, AL

2.5 -1.0

Fond du Lac, WI

2.5 0.4

Gainesville, FL

2.5 -0.5

Jefferson City, MO

2.5 0.5

Jonesboro, AR

2.5 -0.2

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

2.5 -0.2

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

2.5 -0.5

Manhattan, KS

2.5 -0.1

Montgomery, AL

2.5 -0.9

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

2.5 -0.5

Roanoke, VA

2.5 0.1

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

2.5 -0.2

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.5 0.5

Wausau, WI

2.5 0.4

Asheville, NC

2.6 -0.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2.6 -0.7

Bangor, ME

2.6 -0.7

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

2.6 -0.1

Brunswick, GA

2.6 -0.7

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

2.6 -0.5

Cedar Rapids, IA

2.6 0.4

College Station-Bryan, TX

2.6 0.0

Jacksonville, FL

2.6 -0.5

Lawrence, KS

2.6 -0.1

Leominster-Gardner, MA

2.6 -0.3

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

2.6 -0.6

Lincoln, NE

2.6 0.5

Lubbock, TX

2.6 -0.1

Napa, CA

2.6 0.0

Richmond, VA

2.6 -0.1

Savannah, GA

2.6 -0.6

Sheboygan, WI

2.6 0.5

Sioux Falls, SD

2.6 0.3

St. Joseph, MO-KS

2.6 0.3

Sumter, SC

2.6 -0.8

Tallahassee, FL

2.6 -0.6

Worcester, MA-CT

2.6 -0.2

Danbury, CT

2.7 0.1

Eau Claire, WI

2.7 0.4

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

2.7 -0.9

Gadsden, AL

2.7 -0.8

Green Bay, WI

2.7 0.5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.7 -0.5

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

2.7 0.6

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

2.7 -0.5

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

2.7 -0.5

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.7 0.3

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.7 0.5

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

2.7 -0.4

Pocatello, ID

2.7 0.1

Reno, NV

2.7 -0.5

St. Cloud, MN

2.7 0.4

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.7 -0.5

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

2.7 -0.1

Warner Robins, GA

2.7 -1.7

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

2.7 0.8

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

2.8 -0.8

Boise City, ID

2.8 0.3

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

2.8 0.1

Grand Island, NE

2.8 0.3

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

2.8 -0.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.8 0.1

Lynchburg, VA

2.8 0.0

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

2.8 -0.4

Panama City, FL

2.8 -4.2

Springfield, MA-CT

2.8 -0.3

Springfield, MO

2.8 0.7

Twin Falls, ID

2.8 0.3

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

2.8 -0.1

Abilene, TX

2.9 -0.1

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

2.9 -1.1

California-Lexington Park, MD

2.9 -0.3

Chattanooga, TN-GA

2.9 -0.1

Colorado Springs, CO

2.9 -1.3

Grand Junction, CO

2.9 -1.3

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

2.9 -0.2

Joplin, MO

2.9 0.6

Knoxville, TN

2.9 0.0

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

2.9 -0.1

Macon-Bibb County, GA

2.9 -1.1

Monroe, MI

2.9 -0.8

Odessa, TX

2.9 0.5

Pittsfield, MA

2.9 -0.5

San Angelo, TX

2.9 -0.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

2.9 -0.2

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

2.9 -0.2

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.9 -1.0

Sherman-Denison, TX

2.9 -0.1

Topeka, KS

2.9 -0.2

Trenton, NJ

2.9 0.0

Valdosta, GA

2.9 -0.6

Wichita Falls, TX

2.9 -0.2

Barnstable Town, MA

3.0 -0.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.0 -0.2

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.0 -0.2

Evansville, IN-KY

3.0 0.0

Ithaca, NY

3.0 0.0

Jackson, MI

3.0 -0.1

Lexington-Fayette, KY

3.0 0.3

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

3.0 0.1

Midland, MI

3.0 0.0

Mobile, AL

3.0 -0.9

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

3.0 -1.1

Raleigh, NC

3.0 -0.2

St. Louis, MO-IL

3.0 0.1

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.1 -1.1

Billings, MT

3.1 -0.1

Bloomington, IL

3.1 -1.0

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

3.1 0.7

Champaign-Urbana, IL

3.1 -1.2

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.1 -0.2

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

3.1 -0.4

Fort Wayne, IN

3.1 0.2

Gettysburg, PA

3.1 0.4

Hinesville, GA

3.1 -0.6

Lewiston, ID-WA

3.1 -0.1

Missoula, MT

3.1 -0.1

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

3.1 -0.3

Oklahoma City, OK

3.1 0.5

Port St. Lucie, FL

3.1 -0.5

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.1 -0.7

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

3.1 -0.6

Rome, GA

3.1 -0.7

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

3.1 -0.3

State College, PA

3.1 0.5

Waco, TX

3.1 -0.2

Wilmington, NC

3.1 -0.6

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

3.2 0.1

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

3.2 -0.2

Battle Creek, MI

3.2 -0.1

Bloomington, IN

3.2 -0.2

Burlington, NC

3.2 -0.1

Cleveland, TN

3.2 0.1

Coeur d'Alene, ID

3.2 0.0

Columbus, GA-AL

3.2 -0.8

Enid, OK

3.2 0.6

Great Falls, MT

3.2 -0.2

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

3.2 -0.4

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

3.2 -0.1

Jackson, TN

3.2 0.0

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.2 0.1

Kingston, NY

3.2 0.0

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.2 -0.5

Medford, OR

3.2 -1.3

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.2 0.4

New Haven, CT

3.2 0.1

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

3.2 0.0

Punta Gorda, FL

3.2 -0.6

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

3.2 -0.2

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

3.2 -0.6

Springfield, IL

3.2 -1.0

Tyler, TX

3.2 -0.2

Wichita, KS

3.2 -0.1

Winston-Salem, NC

3.2 -0.2

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

3.3 0.1

Carson City, NV

3.3 -0.9

Cheyenne, WY

3.3 -0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

3.3 -0.2

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

3.3 -1.1

Columbus, OH

3.3 -0.4

Eugene, OR

3.3 -1.1

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

3.3 0.2

Johnson City, TN

3.3 0.0

Lancaster, PA

3.3 0.4

Ocala, FL

3.3 -0.6

Salem, OR

3.3 -0.9

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

3.3 -0.3

Albany, GA

3.4 -1.0

Carbondale-Marion, IL

3.4 -1.2

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

3.4 -0.2

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

3.4 -0.3

Fort Smith, AR-OK

3.4 0.1

Hot Springs, AR

3.4 -0.2

Janesville-Beloit, WI

3.4 0.1

Kokomo, IN

3.4 -4.6

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.4 0.1

Morristown, TN

3.4 0.1

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

3.4 0.0

Owensboro, KY

3.4 0.1

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3.4 -0.3

Rapid City, SD

3.4 0.3

Bowling Green, KY

3.5 0.4

Killeen-Temple, TX

3.5 -0.4

Laredo, TX

3.5 0.1

New Bedford, MA

3.5 -0.3

New Bern, NC

3.5 -0.7

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

3.5 0.1

Tulsa, OK

3.5 0.5

Victoria, TX

3.5 0.1

Albany, OR

3.6 -1.1

Dalton, GA

3.6 -0.7

Goldsboro, NC

3.6 -0.5

Greensboro-High Point, NC

3.6 -0.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

3.6 0.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

3.6 -0.2

Morgantown, WV

3.6 -0.2

Muskegon, MI

3.6 0.0

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

3.6 -0.3

Santa Fe, NM

3.6 -0.5

Bay City, MI

3.7 0.2

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

3.7 0.6

Clarksville, TN-KY

3.7 0.2

El Paso, TX

3.7 -0.2

Elmira, NY

3.7 0.1

Greenville, NC

3.7 -0.2

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

3.7 -0.8

Lawton, OK

3.7 0.2

Longview, TX

3.7 0.0

Muncie, IN

3.7 -0.1

Racine, WI

3.7 0.7

Rochester, NY

3.7 0.2

Syracuse, NY

3.7 0.1

York-Hanover, PA

3.7 0.4

Dayton, OH

3.8 -0.3

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

3.8 0.4

Flint, MI

3.8 0.0

Lebanon, PA

3.8 0.6

Lima, OH

3.8 -0.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

3.8 -0.3

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

3.8 -0.4

Pueblo, CO

3.8 -1.5

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.9 0.1

Casper, WY

3.9 -0.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.9 0.2

Duluth, MN-WI

3.9 0.8

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.9 0.3

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

3.9 -0.1

Redding, CA

3.9 -0.4

Saginaw, MI

3.9 0.2

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

3.9 -0.2

Sebring, FL

3.9 -0.6

Terre Haute, IN

3.9 -0.2

Texarkana, TX-AR

3.9 -0.8

Utica-Rome, NY

3.9 0.1

Akron, OH

4.0 -0.3

Binghamton, NY

4.0 0.2

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

4.0 0.4

Chico, CA

4.0 -0.3

Corpus Christi, TX

4.0 -0.3

Dover, DE

4.0 0.9

Glens Falls, NY

4.0 0.2

Jacksonville, NC

4.0 -0.6

Lake Charles, LA

4.0 0.7

Peoria, IL

4.0 -0.8

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

4.0 0.5

Toledo, OH

4.0 -0.7

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

4.1 0.3

Grants Pass, OR

4.1 -1.3

Homosassa Springs, FL

4.1 -0.7

The Villages, FL

4.1 -0.7

Tucson, AZ

4.1 -0.4

Waterbury, CT

4.1 0.1

Prescott, AZ

4.2 -0.3

Reading, PA

4.2 0.6

Albuquerque, NM

4.3 -0.3

Pittsburgh, PA

4.3 0.8

Springfield, OH

4.3 0.0

Baton Rouge, LA

4.4 0.6

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

4.4 -0.1

Canton-Massillon, OH

4.4 -0.2

Mansfield, OH

4.4 -0.2

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

4.4 0.3

Altoona, PA

4.5 0.9

Decatur, IL

4.5 -1.0

Erie, PA

4.5 0.7

Salinas, CA

4.5 -0.3

Walla Walla, WA

4.5 0.2

Danville, IL

4.6 -1.2

Fayetteville, NC

4.6 -0.2

Hattiesburg, MS

4.6 1.0

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

4.6 -0.1

Kankakee, IL

4.6 -0.6

Rocky Mount, NC

4.6 -0.2

Williamsport, PA

4.6 0.5

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

4.7 0.1

Charleston, WV

4.7 0.0

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

4.7 0.1

Salisbury, MD-DE

4.7 0.2

Flagstaff, AZ

4.8 -0.5

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

4.8 0.5

Jackson, MS

4.8 1.1

Lafayette, LA

4.8 0.5

Pine Bluff, AR

4.9 0.4

Bellingham, WA

5.0 0.4

Cumberland, MD-WV

5.0 0.4

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

5.0 0.0

Johnstown, PA

5.1 0.8

Rockford, IL

5.1 -4.3

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

5.1 0.2

Anchorage, AK

5.2 -0.4

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

5.2 0.0

Beckley, WV

5.2 0.0

Las Cruces, NM

5.2 -0.2

Modesto, CA

5.2 -0.4

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

5.2 0.9

Wenatchee, WA

5.2 0.3

Alexandria, LA

5.3 0.4

East Stroudsburg, PA

5.3 0.6

Fairbanks, AK

5.3 -0.3

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

5.3 -0.5

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

5.3 0.4

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

5.3 0.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

5.3 -0.3

Stockton-Lodi, CA

5.3 -0.2

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

5.4 0.1

Hammond, LA

5.4 0.6

Kennewick-Richland, WA

5.4 0.2

Farmington, NM

5.5 0.0

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

5.5 1.1

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

5.5 0.5

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

5.5 0.6

Wheeling, WV-OH

5.5 1.3

Monroe, LA

5.6 0.8

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

5.6 0.1

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

5.6 0.2

Yuba City, CA

5.7 -0.5

Longview, WA

5.9 0.3

Madera, CA

6.1 0.0

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

6.1 0.3

Bakersfield, CA

6.4 -0.1

Fresno, CA

6.5 -0.3

Merced, CA

6.5 -0.3

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

7.1 0.2

Yakima, WA

7.1 0.5

Ocean City, NJ

7.9 -0.7

Visalia-Porterville, CA

8.5 0.0

Yuma, AZ

15.4 -0.2

El Centro, CA

20.6 2.1

Logan, Utah-Idaho (1.5 percent), and Ames, Iowa (1.6 percent), had the lowest unemployment rates in November 2019. El Centro, California (20.6 percent), and Yuma, Arizona (15.4 percent), had the highest unemployment rates. A total of 215 areas had November jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.3 percent, 161 areas had rates above it, and 13 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

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 — November 2019.” We also have more charts and maps on metropolitan area employment and unemployment.

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