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Among large metro areas, Las Vegas had largest jobless rate decline for year ended September 2021

November 17, 2021

For the year ended September 2021, all 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. Over that period, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, had the largest jobless rate decline (−8.0 percentage points). The smallest over-the-year rate decrease occurred in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland (−1.3 percentage points).

12-month change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, September 2021
Metropolitan area 12-month change Unemployment rate,
September 2021
Unemployment rate,
September 2020

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-8.0 percentage point(s) 7.4% 15.4%

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-7.2 2.9 10.1

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-5.7 4.9 10.6

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-5.5 4.6 10.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-5.3 5.8 11.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-4.9 7.4 12.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-4.7 4.9 9.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-4.4 2.5 6.9

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-4.4 4.4 8.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-4.3 4.7 9.0

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-4.2 3.0 7.2

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-4.2 4.5 8.7

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-4.0 6.6 10.6

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-4.0 5.6 9.6

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-3.9 2.7 6.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-3.9 5.5 9.4

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-3.9 3.9 7.8

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-3.8 4.8 8.6

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-3.8 3.8 7.6

Richmond, VA

-3.6 3.6 7.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-3.6 5.5 9.1

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-3.5 3.6 7.1

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

-3.5 6.8 10.3

Oklahoma City, OK

-3.5 1.9 5.4

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-3.5 4.0 7.5

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-3.4 6.1 9.5

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-3.2 4.4 7.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-3.1 3.0 6.1

Raleigh, NC

-3.1 3.1 6.2

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-2.9 4.5 7.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-2.8 4.4 7.2

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-2.8 3.4 6.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-2.8 3.8 6.6

Salt Lake City, UT

-2.8 1.7 4.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-2.7 3.5 6.2

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

-2.7 4.2 6.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-2.6 5.4 8.0

Columbus, OH

-2.5 4.3 6.8

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-2.5 4.8 7.3

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-2.4 4.1 6.5

St. Louis, MO-IL(1)

-2.4 3.3 5.7

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-2.2 4.7 6.9

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-2.2 4.1 6.3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-2.1 3.9 6.0

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-2.0 3.4 5.4

Kansas City, MO-KS

-1.9 3.5 5.4

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

-1.9 5.7 7.6

Rochester, NY

-1.9 4.4 6.3

Pittsburgh, PA

-1.6 5.4 7.0

Jacksonville, FL

-1.5 3.7 5.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-1.3 5.3 6.6

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

Among large metropolitan areas in September 2021, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, had the lowest jobless rates, 1.7 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, had the highest unemployment rates, 7.4 percent each. 

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 — September 2021." Also of interest: Charts and maps on metropolitan area employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Among large metro areas, Las Vegas had largest jobless rate decline for year ended September 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/among-large-metro-areas-las-vegas-had-largest-jobless-rate-decline-for-year-ended-september-2021.htm (visited August 18, 2022).

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