Metropolitan area employment: October 2008–09

December 03, 2009

In October, 361 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment and 8 reported increases.

Largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in selected metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, October 2008–09
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The largest over-the-year increases in employment occurred in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (+4,400), Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (+3,400), and Ocean City, New Jersey (+2,700). The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment were reported in Ocean City, New Jersey (+6.8 percent), Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (+3.5 percent), and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (+2.0 percent).

Over the year, nonfarm employment declined in all 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2008. The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in these large metropolitan areas were posted in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (‑7.3 percent), Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan (‑7.2 percent), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (‑6.7 percent).

These data are from the State and Metropolitan Area Employment, Hours and Earnings program and are not seasonally adjusted. The most recent metropolitan area employment data are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment: October 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1477.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area employment: October 2008–09 on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


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