For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, April 29, 2015 USDL-15-0756
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2015
Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 358 of the 387
metropolitan areas, higher in 28 areas, and unchanged in 1 area, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Six areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0
percent and 14 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment
increased over the year in 344 metropolitan areas, decreased in 41 areas, and was
unchanged in 2 areas. The national unemployment rate in March was 5.6 percent, not
seasonally adjusted, down from 6.8 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Ames, Iowa, and Lincoln, Neb., had the lowest unemployment rates in March, 2.3
percent each. El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rate, 19.9 percent.
A total of 206 areas had March unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.6
percent, 169 areas had rates above it, and 12 areas had rates equal to that of the
nation. (See table 1.)
Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in March
(-4.3 percentage points). Forty-eight other areas had rate decreases of at least
2.0 percentage points. Houma-Thibodaux, La., and Lafayette, La., had the largest
over-the-year jobless rate increases (+1.3 percentage points each).
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more,
Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., had the lowest unemployment
rates in March, 3.3 percent each. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., had the
highest jobless rate among the large areas, 7.2 percent. Fifty of the large areas
had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-3.4 percentage points). New Orleans-Metairie, La.,
had the only over-the-year unemployment rate increase (+0.7 percentage point).
Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 38 metropolitan
divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In
March, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael,
Calif., had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 3.5 percent each.
Gary, Ind., had the highest division rate, 7.7 percent. (See table 2.)
All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in
March. The largest of the declines occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich.
(-3.9 percentage points), and Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. (-3.0 points).
Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In March, 344 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 41 had decreases, and 2 had no change. The largest over-the-year
employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.
(+168,500), New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+151,600), and Dallas-
Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+115,800). The largest over-the-year percentage
gain in employment occurred in Ocean City, N.J. (+7.8 percent), followed
by Midland, Texas (+7.7 percent), and Lake Charles, La. (+7.4 percent). (See
The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Gulfport-Biloxi-
Pascagoula, Miss. (-2,700), El Centro, Calif. (-1,700), and Atlantic City-
Hammonton, N.J. (-1,500). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in
employment occurred in Great Falls, Mont. (-3.1 percent), El Centro, Calif.
(-3.0 percent), and Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. (-2.0 percent).
Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 50 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a
2010 Census population of 1 million or more. The largest over-the-year percentage
increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in San Jose-
Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+5.5 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-
Sanford, Fla. (+4.6 percent), and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
(+4.2 percent). The only decrease in employment was in New Orleans-Metairie, La.
Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In March 2015, 37 of the 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year gains in
nonfarm payroll employment. The largest over-the-year increase in employment
among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains,
N.Y.-N.J. (+124,800), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
(+113,300), and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+91,000). The only decrease in
employment was in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-200). (See table 4.)
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the
metropolitan divisions occurred in San Francisco-Redwood City-South
San Francisco, Calif. (+4.4 percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving,
Texas (+4.0 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (+3.9 percent).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for April is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for April is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
| Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections |
|This news release contains corrections to previously released employment data |
|in table 3. A complete list of corrections in this news release and in the CES |
|(State and Area) database can be found at www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.|