For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, August 31, 2016 USDL-16-1769
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2016
Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 279 of the 387
metropolitan areas, higher in 87 areas, and unchanged in 21 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eight areas had jobless rates of
less than 3.0 percent and five areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 331 metropolitan areas,
decreased in 52 areas, and was unchanged in 4 areas. The national unemployment
rate in July was 5.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.6 percent
a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In July, the lowest unemployment rate was in Sioux Falls, S.D., 1.9 percent.
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates, 24.3
percent and 24.2 percent, respectively. A total of 192 areas had July jobless
rates above the U.S. rate of 5.1 percent, 178 areas had rates below it, and
17 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)
El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease
in July (-3.2 percentage points). Seventy-three other areas had rate declines
of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase
occurred in Casper, Wyo. (+2.5 percentage points).
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or
more, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate in July,
3.4 percent. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest rate
among the large areas, 6.9 percent. Forty large areas had over-the-year
unemployment rate decreases, six had increases, and five had no change. The
largest rate decrease occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (-1.4
percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Houston-
The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (+0.8 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 July, Nashua, N.H.-Mass., had the lowest unemployment rate among the divisions,
3.2 percent. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division rate,
7.4 percent. (See table 2.)
In July, 35 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,
2 had increases, and 1 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Los
Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (-1.7 percentage points). The largest over-
the-year rate increase occurred in Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+0.5 percentage point).
Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In July, 331 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 52 had decreases, and 4 had no change. The largest over-the-year
employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+199,700),
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+116,800), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington,
Texas (+109,900). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred
in St. George, Utah (+7.3 percent), followed by Madera, Calif. (+6.8 percent),
and Prescott, Ariz. (+6.4 percent). (See table 3.)
The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, La. (-7,300),
Tulsa, Okla. (-5,600), and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. (-4,200). The
largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Casper, Wyo.
(-4.3 percent), Houma-Thibodaux, La. (-4.0 percent), and Lafayette, La. (-3.4 percent).
Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in all 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 Orlando-
Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (+4.1 percent), followed by Austin-Round Rock, Texas,
and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (+3.9 percent each).
Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In July, nonfarm payroll employment increased in all of the 38 metropolitan
divisions over the year. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among
the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J.
(+153,400), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+93,300), and Washington-Arlington-
Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va. (+76,800). (See table 4.)
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (+4.6 percent),
followed by Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, Mass.-N.H. (+4.2 percent), and
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (+3.9 percent each).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for August
is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).