A data chart image of Unemployment rates decline in over two-thirds of U.S. metro areas for year ending March 2016

Unemployment rates decline in over two-thirds of U.S. metro areas for year ending March 2016

May 06, 2016

Unemployment rates were lower in March 2016 than a year earlier in 270 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 98 areas, and unchanged in 19 areas. Ten areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 11 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. El Centro, California, and Yuma, Arizona, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decreases (–4.1 percentage points each), while Casper, Wyoming (+2.6 percentage points), and Odessa, Texas (+2.2 points), had the largest increases.

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May 05, 2016

A data chart image of Employment increased for all large metropolitan areas over the last 25 years

Employment increased for all large metropolitan areas over the last 25 years

Over the last 25 years, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, had the largest percentage increase in employment (144 percent) among metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more. Other areas where employment more than doubled from March 1991 to March 2016 were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina. There were no large areas with a decrease in employment over that period.

May 04, 2016

A data chart image of Private employer costs for pay and benefits rose 1.8 percent from March 2015 to March 2016

Private employer costs for pay and benefits rose 1.8 percent from March 2015 to March 2016

Private employer costs for pay and benefits rose 1.8 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. That compares with a gain of 2.8 percent from March 2014 to March 2015. Wages and salaries increased 2.0 percent from March 2015 to March 2016.

May 03, 2016

A data chart image of Gain of 231,000 jobs at firms with 250 or more employees in third quarter of 2015

Gain of 231,000 jobs at firms with 250 or more employees in third quarter of 2015

In the third quarter of 2015, firms with 1 to 49 employees had a net employment gain of 97,000, resulting from a gain of 3.0 million jobs and a loss of 2.9 million. Firms with 50 to 249 employees had a net employment gain of 66,000, the difference between a gain of roughly 1.0 million and a loss of slightly less than that number. In firms with 250 or more employees, a gain of 1.8 million was offset by a loss of 1.6 million, resulting in a net employment gain of 231,000.

May 02, 2016

A data chart image of Husband and wife employed in 48 percent of married-couple families in 2015

Husband and wife employed in 48 percent of married-couple families in 2015

In 2015, the share of families with an employed member was 80.3 percent, up by 0.2 percentage point from 2014. Families maintained by women with no spouse present remained less likely to have an employed member (75.0 percent) than families maintained by men with no spouse present (82.9 percent) or married-couple families (81.4 percent).

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