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Employment up in 47 of the largest metro areas over the year ended February 2022

April 13, 2022

From February 2021 to February 2022, nonfarm employment increased in 47 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 4 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (12.7 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (9.2 percent), and Austin-Round Rock, Texas (9.1 percent).

Percent change in employment for metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more, February 2022, not seasonally adjusted

Percent change in employment for metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more, February 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area 1 year 2 year 5 year 10 year

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

6.3% 1.9% 8.9% 26.1%

Austin-Round Rock, TX

9.1 6.3 19.2 47.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

4.6 -2.0 0.7 7.2

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.2 -1.0 3.1 8.2

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

5.1 -3.5 1.2 10.8

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.5 -6.0 -5.1 -1.9

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.7 1.1 8.9 27.9

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

5.1 -2.5 -0.3 7.5

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.0 -2.6 0.8 9.8

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

3.1 -3.1 -0.6 3.8

Columbus, OH

2.4 -0.8 3.4 16.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

7.4 3.9 12.3 31.5

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

5.5 0.6 8.2 27.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.2 -3.2 -0.6 8.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

1.6 -4.6 -2.9 0.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

6.5 -0.5 6.1 18.7

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

4.4 1.1 6.1 17.3

Jacksonville, FL

5.4 3.6 11.5 28.7

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.8 -2.2 0.4 9.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

12.7 -1.6 7.3 27.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

7.4 -3.5 1.3 13.2

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.4 -0.9 2.1 14.6

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.8 0.1 2.7 9.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

6.0 -0.5 4.8 21.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

1.7 -4.5 -3.1 3.0

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

2.4 -4.5 -1.5 8.3

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

6.5 3.0 12.8 36.3

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

3.2 -6.8 -4.6 1.8

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

5.7 -4.8 -0.8 8.7

Oklahoma City, OK

3.9 -1.0 4.6 11.5

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

9.2 -0.8 8.1 31.0

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

4.7 -2.3 1.5 8.3

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.1 1.6 12.3 29.9

Pittsburgh, PA

2.8 -5.5 -3.3 -2.2

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.0 -2.7 3.2 19.1

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

4.4 -3.2 -0.5 6.3

Raleigh, NC

5.4 3.3 12.4 32.0

Richmond, VA

2.2 -3.0 0.5 11.0

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

6.4 2.5 14.2 39.4

Rochester, NY

3.8 -4.0 -3.3 0.0

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

5.2 0.1 8.2 24.0

Salt Lake City, UT

3.6 2.9 10.7 29.2

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

6.8 1.3 6.8 25.2

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

7.5 -1.6 4.0 18.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

6.9 -4.2 2.0 21.3

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.9 -2.4 3.8 24.6

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.8 -2.3 4.8 21.1

St. Louis, MO-IL

3.1 -2.5 -0.5 6.2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.5 2.6 10.0 26.8

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

1.6 -3.3 -0.1 4.9

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

4.0 -2.9 0.8 8.2

Since February 2020, the month before the COVID-19 pandemic began, nonfarm employment increased in 16 large metro areas and decreased in 35 areas. The largest 2-year decreases occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (−6.8 percent), Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York (−6.0 percent), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (−5.5 percent).

Over the 5 years ended February 2022, nonfarm employment increased in 37 large metro areas and decreased in 14. The largest 5-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Austin-Round Rock, Texas (19.2 percent), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (14.2 percent), and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee (12.8 percent).

Over the 10 years ended February 2022, nonfarm employment increased in 48 large metro areas and decreased in 2 areas. The largest 10-year percentage increases in employment were also in Austin-Round Rock, Texas (47.0 percent), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (39.4 percent), and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee (36.3 percent).

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 — February 2022." 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, Employment up in 47 of the largest metro areas over the year ended February 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/employment-up-in-47-of-the-largest-metro-areas-over-the-year-ended-february-2022.htm (visited December 04, 2022).

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