Metro areas with largest over-the-year percentage declines in employment, April 2009
June 04, 2009
From April 2008 to April 2009, nonfarm employment fell in 37 of the 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2008.
The largest over-the-year percentage decline in employment in these large areas was posted in Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan (-7.5 percent). The next largest declines were in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (-6.8 percent), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (-6.3 percent), Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina-South Carolina (-6.0 percent), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (-5.9 percent).
For the third consecutive month, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, was the only one of the large metropolitan areas to record an over-the-year employment increase (+0.4 percent).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. April 2009 employment figures are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment: April 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0586.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metro areas with largest over-the-year percentage declines in employment, April 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jun/wk1/art04.htm (visited December 06, 2016).
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