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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MAY 2015
Unemployment rates were lower in May than a year earlier in 346 of the 387
metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas, and unchanged in 5 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twelve areas had jobless rates
of less than 3.0 percent and nine areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 319 metropolitan areas,
decreased in 63 areas, and was unchanged in 5 areas. The national unemployment
rate in May was 5.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.1 percent a
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Lincoln, Neb., and Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rates in May, 2.2
percent and 2.3 percent, respectively. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had
the highest unemployment rates, 23.1 percent and 21.3 percent, respectively. A
total of 183 areas had May unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.3
percent, 191 areas had rates above it, and 13 areas had rates equal to that of
the nation. (See table 1.)
Danville, Ill., and Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate
decreases in May (-2.3 percentage points each). Four other areas had rate declines
of at least 2.0 percentage points. Lafayette, La., had the largest over-the-year
jobless rate increase (+1.4 percentage points).
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more,
Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, had the lowest unemployment
rates in May, 3.1 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn,
Mich.; Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.;
and Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark., had the highest jobless rates among the large areas,
6.6 percent each. Forty-nine of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate
decreases, while one had an increase and one had no change. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn,
Mich., had the largest rate decline (-2.0 percentage points). The only unemployment
rate increase occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, La. (+0.4 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
May, the lowest unemployment rate among the divisions was in San Rafael, Calif.,
3.3 percent. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division rate,
7.7 percent. (See table 2.)
All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in
May. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (-2.5
Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In May, 319 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll
employment, 63 had decreases, and 5 had no change. The largest over-the-year
employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.
(+151,200), New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+139,800), and Dallas-
Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+110,500). The largest over-the-year percentage gain
in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (+6.7 percent), followed by Odessa,
Texas (+6.1 percent), and Lake Charles, La., and Midland, Texas (+6.0 percent
each). (See table 3.)
The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Gulfport-Biloxi-
Pascagoula, Miss. (-3,200), Peoria, Ill. (-2,500), and Akron, Ohio (-2,400). The
largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff,
Ark. (-4.7 percent), Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. (-2.3 percent), and Gulfport-
Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-2.1 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. (+5.7 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-
Sanford, Fla., and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (+4.0 percent each).
The only large metropolitan area that had an over the year percentage decrease
was New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-0.1 percent).
Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In May, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 of the 38 metropolitan divisions
over the year, decreased in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-1,100), and was
unchanged in Nashua, N.H.-Mass. The largest over-the-year increase in employment
among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains,
N.Y.-N.J. (+116,400), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
(+100,500), and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+86,000). (See table 4.)
The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment among the metropolitan
divisions occurred in San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and
Takoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+4.2 percent each), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
(+3.8 percent). The only over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred
in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-0.8 percent).
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for June is
scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for June is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
| Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Data Corrections |
|This news release contains corrections to previously released civilian labor|
|force and unemployment data in tables 1 and 2. More information on the |
|corrections in this news release and in the LAUS database can be found at |