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142 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in July 2021

September 10, 2021

In July, 142 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 247 were essentially unchanged.  The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Ocean City, New Jersey (+21.9 percent), Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+21.1 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+14.1 percent). The largest percentage decreases in employment were in Lake Charles, Louisiana (−2.0%), Enid, Oklahoma and Cleveland, Tennessee (−0.8%).

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, July 2020 to July 2021, by top ten largest gains and losses
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Ocean City, NJ

21.9% 10,700

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

21.1 11,100

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

14.1 15,200

Barnstable Town, MA

13.4 13,800

Savannah, GA

10.7 18,800

St. George, UT

10.0 6,900

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

9.9 12,700

Merced, CA

9.9 6,200

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

9.6 47,100

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

9.5 82,700

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.7 400

The Villages, FL

0.3 100

Owensboro, KY

0.0 0

Rockford, IL

0.0 0

Johnstown, PA

-0.2 -100

Iowa City, IA

-0.3 -300

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-0.6 -200

Cleveland, TN

-0.8 -400

Enid, OK

-0.8 -200

Lake Charles, LA

-2.0 -1,900

The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+558,300), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+359,300), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+211,100), while the largest decreases were in Lake Charles, Louisiana (−2,000), Cleveland, Tennessee (−400), and Iowa City, Iowa (−300).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — July 2021." Also see charts of the latest metropolitan area employment and unemployment data and the sortable table of metropolitan area employment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 142 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in July 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/142-metropolitan-areas-had-over-the-year-increases-in-nonfarm-payroll-employment-in-july-2021.htm (visited September 28, 2021).

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