Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, annual averages, 2011–2012
Area Net change (in percentage point(s))

Alabama

 

Anniston-Oxford, AL

-1.2

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-1.1

Birmingham-Hoover, AL (1)

-1.5

Decatur, AL

-1.5

Dothan, AL

-1.0

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-1.2

Gadsden, AL

-1.5

Huntsville, AL

-1.2

Mobile, AL

-1.3

Montgomery, AL

-1.3

Tuscaloosa, AL

-1.3

Alaska

 

Anchorage, AK

-0.7

Fairbanks, AK

-0.5

Arizona

 

Flagstaff, AZ

-1.1

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-1.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (1)

-1.2

Prescott, AZ

-1.1

Tucson, AZ

-1.0

Yuma, AZ

0.7

Arkansas

 

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-0.6

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.6

Hot Springs, AR

-0.8

Jonesboro, AR

-0.6

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-0.5

Pine Bluff, AR

-0.8

California

 

Bakersfield-Delano, CA

-1.6

Chico, CA

-1.4

El Centro, CA

-1.4

Fresno, CA

-1.3

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-0.9

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA (1)

-1.3

Madera-Chowchilla, CA

-1.5

Merced, CA

-1.3

Modesto, CA

-1.5

Napa, CA

-1.3

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-1.1

Redding, CA

-1.5

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (1)

-1.5

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (1)

-1.5

Salinas, CA

-1.1

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (1)

-1.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA (1)

-1.3

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (1)

-1.4

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

-1.3

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA

-0.9

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-1.2

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA

-1.2

Stockton, CA

-1.6

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-1.4

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-0.9

Yuba City, CA

-1.5

Colorado

 

Boulder, CO

-0.3

Colorado Springs, CO

-0.3

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (1)

-0.7

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

-0.5

Grand Junction, CO

-0.7

Greeley, CO

-0.8

Pueblo, CO

0.2

Connecticut

 

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.5

Danbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA (1)

-0.6

New Haven, CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.6

Norwich-New London, CT-RI Metropolitan NECTA

-0.2

Waterbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.8

Delaware

 

Dover, DE

-0.2

Washington D.C.

 

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (1)

-0.4

Florida

 

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-2.0

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-1.1

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-1.7

Gainesville, FL

-0.9

Jacksonville, FL (1)

-1.6

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-1.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL (1)

-1.7

Naples-Marco Island, FL

-1.7

North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL

-2.0

Ocala, FL

-2.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (1)

-1.8

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-1.5

Palm Coast, FL

-1.9

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL

-1.5

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-1.3

Port St. Lucie, FL

-1.7

Punta Gorda, FL

-1.7

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-1.8

Tallahassee, FL

-0.9

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1)

-1.8

Georgia

 

Albany, GA

-0.7

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-0.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (1)

-1.0

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.3

Brunswick, GA

-0.7

Columbus, GA-AL

-0.4

Dalton, GA

-1.0

Gainesville, GA

-0.9

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA

-0.1

Macon, GA

-0.7

Rome, GA

-0.8

Savannah, GA

-0.7

Valdosta, GA

-0.7

Warner Robins, GA

-0.3

Hawaii

 

Honolulu, HI

-0.4

Idaho

 

Boise City-Nampa, ID

-1.5

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-1.4

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.8

Lewiston, ID-WA

-0.5

Pocatello, ID

-0.7

Illinois

 

Bloomington-Normal, IL

-0.3

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-0.4

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI (1)

-0.9

Danville, IL

-0.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-0.4

Decatur, IL

0.2

Kankakee-Bradley, IL

-0.9

Peoria, IL

-0.8

Rockford, IL

-1.3

Springfield, IL

-0.1

Indiana

 

Anderson, IN

-0.7

Bloomington, IN

-0.2

Columbus, IN

-1.1

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-1.6

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.3

Fort Wayne, IN

-0.8

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN (1)

-0.6

Kokomo, IN

-1.2

Lafayette, IN

-0.4

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-0.4

Muncie, IN

-0.6

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-0.6

Terre Haute, IN

-0.1

Iowa

 

Ames, IA

-0.6

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.6

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.6

Dubuque, IA

-0.6

Iowa City, IA

-0.4

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.6

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.5

Kansas

 

Lawrence, KS

-0.5

Manhattan, KS

-0.6

Topeka, KS

-0.6

Wichita, KS

-1.1

Kentucky

 

Bowling Green, KY

-1.4

Elizabethtown, KY

-1.0

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-1.3

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (1)

-1.4

Owensboro, KY

-1.3

Louisiana

 

Alexandria, LA

-0.7

Baton Rouge, LA

-1.0

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA

-0.8

Lafayette, LA

-1.0

Lake Charles, LA

-0.8

Monroe, LA

-0.7

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (1)

-0.7

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-0.3

Maine

 

Bangor, ME Metropolitan NECTA

-0.4

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Metropolitan NECTA

-0.4

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan NECTA

-0.3

Maryland

 

Baltimore-Towson, MD (1)

-0.5

Cumberland, MD-WV

-0.4

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-1.1

Salisbury, MD

-0.6

Massachusetts

 

Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTA

-0.8

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA (1)

-0.5

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTA

-0.7

New Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTA

-0.5

Pittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTA

-0.4

Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.6

Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.4

Michigan

 

Ann Arbor, MI

-0.9

Battle Creek, MI

-1.6

Bay City, MI

-1.2

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI (1)

-1.1

Flint, MI

-1.5

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-1.5

Holland-Grand Haven, MI

-1.6

Jackson, MI

-1.5

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-1.3

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-1.1

Monroe, MI

-1.8

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI

-1.4

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-1.2

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI

-1.0

Minnesota

 

Duluth, MN-WI

-0.7

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-0.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (1)

-0.8

Rochester, MN

-0.8

St. Cloud, MN

-0.9

Mississippi

 

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

-1.1

Hattiesburg, MS

-1.4

Jackson, MS

-1.0

Pascagoula, MS

-1.5

Missouri

 

Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL

-1.2

Columbia, MO

-1.2

Jefferson City, MO

-1.2

Joplin, MO

-1.6

Kansas City, MO-KS (1)

-1.4

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-1.6

St. Louis, MO-IL (1)

-1.2

Springfield, MO

-1.6

Montana

 

Billings, MT

-0.6

Great Falls, MT

-0.4

Missoula, MT

-0.4

Nebraska

 

Lincoln, NE

-0.5

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-0.6

Nevada

 

Carson City, NV

-1.7

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (1)

-2.3

Reno-Sparks, NV

-1.8

New Hampshire

 

Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA

0.1

Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

0.0

Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

-0.1

New Jersey

 

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

0.6

Ocean City, NJ

0.8

Trenton-Ewing, NJ

0.1

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ

0.6

New Mexico

 

Albuquerque, NM

-0.6

Farmington, NM

-1.0

Las Cruces, NM

-0.5

Santa Fe, NM

-0.5

New York

 

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

0.2

Binghamton, NY

0.3

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (1)

0.4

Elmira, NY

0.7

Glens Falls, NY

0.3

Ithaca, NY

0.1

Kingston, NY

0.5

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA (1)

0.2

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY

0.3

Rochester, NY (1)

0.3

Syracuse, NY

0.2

Utica-Rome, NY

0.3

North Carolina

 

Asheville, NC

-0.7

Burlington, NC

-0.9

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (1)

-1.3

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-0.4

Fayetteville, NC

0.2

Goldsboro, NC

-0.3

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.8

Greenville, NC

-0.9

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-1.3

Jacksonville, NC

-0.1

Raleigh-Cary, NC

-0.8

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.8

Wilmington, NC

-0.7

Winston-Salem, NC

-0.9

North Dakota

 

Bismarck, ND

-0.4

Fargo, ND-MN

-0.4

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.5

Ohio

 

Akron, OH

-1.6

Canton-Massillon, OH

-1.9

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (1)

-1.5

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (1)

-0.7

Columbus, OH (1)

-1.4

Dayton, OH

-1.6

Lima, OH

-1.8

Mansfield, OH

-2.0

Sandusky, OH

-1.5

Springfield, OH

-1.6

Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV

-1.2

Toledo, OH

-1.6

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-1.3

Oklahoma

 

Lawton, OK

0.2

Oklahoma City, OK (1)

-0.7

Tulsa, OK

-1.0

Oregon

 

Bend, OR

-1.3

Corvallis, OR

-0.6

Eugene-Springfield, OR

-1.0

Medford, OR

-1.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (1)

-1.1

Salem, OR

-0.8

Pennsylvania

 

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.2

Altoona, PA

0.3

Erie, PA

-0.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.1

Johnstown, PA

0.2

Lancaster, PA

-0.2

Lebanon, PA

-0.2

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (1)

0.0

Pittsburgh, PA (1)

0.0

Reading, PA

-0.2

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

0.1

State College, PA

0.2

Williamsport, PA

0.3

York-Hanover, PA

-0.1

Rhode Island

 

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA (1)

-0.8

South Carolina

 

Anderson, SC

-1.3

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC

-1.1

Columbia, SC

-1.0

Florence, SC

-1.5

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC

-1.1

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC

-1.5

Spartanburg, SC

-1.5

Sumter, SC

-1.2

South Dakota

 

Rapid City, SD

-0.4

Sioux Falls, SD

-0.5

Tennessee

 

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-0.9

Clarksville, TN-KY

-1.4

Cleveland, TN

-1.6

Jackson, TN

-1.3

Johnson City, TN

-1.1

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-0.8

Knoxville, TN

-0.8

Memphis, TN-MS-AR (1)

-1.0

Morristown, TN

-1.4

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (1)

-1.5

Texas

 

Abilene, TX

-0.9

Amarillo, TX

-0.6

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (1)

-1.0

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-0.7

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-1.3

College Station-Bryan, TX

-0.8

Corpus Christi, TX

-1.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (1)

-1.1

El Paso, TX

-1.1

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (1)

-1.3

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX

-0.7

Laredo, TX

-1.1

Longview, TX

-1.0

Lubbock, TX

-0.8

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-1.1

Midland, TX

-0.9

Odessa, TX

-1.6

San Angelo, TX

-1.0

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (1)

-1.0

Sherman-Denison, TX

-1.1

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR

-0.7

Tyler, TX

-0.8

Victoria, TX

-1.1

Waco, TX

-0.9

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.9

Utah

 

Logan, UT-ID

-0.7

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-1.1

Provo-Orem, UT

-1.2

St. George, UT

-1.8

Salt Lake City, UT

-1.2

Vermont

 

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA

-0.5

Virginia

 

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-0.6

Charlottesville, VA

-0.3

Danville, VA

-1.3

Harrisonburg, VA

-0.4

Lynchburg, VA

-0.6

Richmond, VA (1)

-0.7

Roanoke, VA

-0.7

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (1)

-0.5

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.8

Washington

 

Bellingham, WA

-0.9

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-0.5

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA

0.9

Longview, WA

-1.1

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-1.0

Olympia, WA

-0.5

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (1)

-1.3

Spokane, WA

-0.7

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA

-0.6

Yakima, WA

-0.4

West Virginia

 

Charleston, WV

-0.3

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-0.8

Morgantown, WV

-0.4

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH

-1.1

Wheeling, WV-OH

-1.1

Wisconsin

 

Appleton, WI

-0.5

Eau Claire, WI

-0.7

Fond du Lac, WI

-0.6

Green Bay, WI

-0.6

Janesville, WI

-1.1

La Crosse, WI-MN

-0.5

Madison, WI

-0.4

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (1)

-0.6

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.3

Racine, WI

-0.6

Sheboygan, WI

-1.1

Wausau, WI

-0.4

Wyoming

 

Casper, WY

-1.2

Cheyenne, WY

-0.8

Footnotes:
(1) Metropolitan areas with a Census population of 1 million or more

Last Modified Date: December 13, 2013