Unemployment rate lower than the U.S. rate in 213 metropolitan areas in October

November 30, 2012

In October, a total of 213 metropolitan areas recorded unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 7.5 percent, 149 areas reported rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

Unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, October 2012

Unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, October 2012
AreaUnemployment rate (in percent) (p)Unemployment rate compared to the U.S. rate of 7.5 percent

Anniston-Oxford, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Auburn-Opelika, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Decatur, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Dothan, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Gadsden, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Huntsville, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Mobile, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.0Above U.S. rate

Tuscaloosa, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fairbanks, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Flagstaff, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.6Above U.S. rate

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.4Above U.S. rate

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Prescott, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Yuma, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area

29.8Above U.S. rate

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

Hot Springs, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Jonesboro, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Pine Bluff, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Bakersfield-Delano, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

12.2Above U.S. rate

Chico, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.0Above U.S. rate

El Centro, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

28.1Above U.S. rate

Fresno, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

13.9Above U.S. rate

Hanford-Corcoran, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

13.9Above U.S. rate

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.6Above U.S. rate

Madera-Chowchilla, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

12.5Above U.S. rate

Merced, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

14.7Above U.S. rate

Modesto, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

13.9Above U.S. rate

Napa, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.6Above U.S. rate

Redding, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.5Above U.S. rate

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.7Above U.S. rate

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.8Above U.S. rate

Salinas, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.8Above U.S. rate

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.6Above U.S. rate

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.6Above U.S. rate

Stockton, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

13.6Above U.S. rate

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3Above U.S. rate

Visalia-Porterville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

14.4Above U.S. rate

Yuba City, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

15.3Above U.S. rate

Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.8Above U.S. rate

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Grand Junction, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.1Above U.S. rate

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan NECTA

8.1Above U.S. rate

Danbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA

8.6Above U.S. rate

New Haven, CT Metropolitan NECTA

9.0Above U.S. rate

Norwich-New London, CT-RI Metropolitan NECTA

9.0Above U.S. rate

Waterbury, CT Metropolitan NECTA

11.1Above U.S. rate

Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.4Above U.S. rate

Gainesville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.2Above U.S. rate

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Naples-Marco Island, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.4Above U.S. rate

North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Ocala, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.1Above U.S. rate

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Palm Coast, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.3Above U.S. rate

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

Port St. Lucie, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.2Above U.S. rate

Punta Gorda, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.2Above U.S. rate

Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Albany, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3Above U.S. rate

Athens-Clarke County, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.6Above U.S. rate

Brunswick, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5Above U.S. rate

Columbus, GA-AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Dalton, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.3Above U.S. rate

Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Macon, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.0Above U.S. rate

Rome, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5Above U.S. rate

Savannah, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Warner Robins, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Honolulu, HI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Boise City-Nampa, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Coeur d'Alene, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Idaho Falls, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lewiston, ID-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Pocatello, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bloomington-Normal, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Champaign-Urbana, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.6Above U.S. rate

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Danville, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.9Above U.S. rate

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Decatur, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.1Above U.S. rate

Kankakee-Bradley, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.2Above U.S. rate

Peoria, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

Rockford, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.8Above U.S. rate

Springfield, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Bloomington, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Columbus, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Elkhart-Goshen, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Evansville, IN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fort Wayne, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kokomo, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Lafayette, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Michigan City-La Porte, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.9Above U.S. rate

Muncie, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Terre Haute, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.9Above U.S. rate

Ames, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cedar Rapids, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Dubuque, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Iowa City, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lawrence, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Manhattan, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Topeka, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Elizabethtown, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Owensboro, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Alexandria, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lafayette, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lake Charles, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Monroe, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bangor, ME Metropolitan NECTA

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Metropolitan NECTA

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan NECTA

5.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Baltimore-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Salisbury, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTA

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTA

8.2Above U.S. rate

New Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTA

9.2Above U.S. rate

Pittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTA

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Springfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Ann Arbor, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Battle Creek, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bay City, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.5Above U.S. rate

Flint, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Holland-Grand Haven, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Jackson, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Monroe, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Duluth, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Mankato-North Mankato, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

St. Cloud, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Hattiesburg, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Pascagoula, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Columbia, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Jefferson City, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Joplin, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

St. Joseph, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Springfield, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Billings, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Great Falls, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Missoula, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Carson City, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.7Above U.S. rate

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.1Above U.S. rate

Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.6Above U.S. rate

Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA

5.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

4.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Rochester-Dover, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

12.9Above U.S. rate

Ocean City, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.8Above U.S. rate

Trenton-Ewing, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

13.3Above U.S. rate

Albuquerque, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Farmington, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Las Cruces, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Santa Fe, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Binghamton, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Elmira, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.8Above U.S. rate

Glens Falls, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Ithaca, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kingston, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.5Above U.S. rate

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.8Above U.S. rate

Syracuse, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Utica-Rome, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Burlington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.9Above U.S. rate

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fayetteville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3Above U.S. rate

Goldsboro, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.4Above U.S. rate

Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.1Above U.S. rate

Greenville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.2Above U.S. rate

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.0Above U.S. rate

Jacksonville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

11.7Above U.S. rate

Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.9Above U.S. rate

Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area

2.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

2.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Akron, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Dayton, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lima, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Mansfield, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Sandusky, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Springfield, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.4Above U.S. rate

Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lawton, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Oklahoma City, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bend, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.0Above U.S. rate

Corvallis, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Eugene-Springfield, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.0Above U.S. rate

Medford, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5Above U.S. rate

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Salem, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.4Above U.S. rate

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Altoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Johnstown, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

Lancaster, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Reading, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

State College, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Williamsport, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

York-Hanover, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA

9.7Above U.S. rate

Anderson, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.0Above U.S. rate

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.0Above U.S. rate

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.1Above U.S. rate

Spartanburg, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Sumter, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5Above U.S. rate

Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.7Equal to or below U.S. rate

Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Clarksville, TN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.3Above U.S. rate

Cleveland, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.9Above U.S. rate

Jackson, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.2Above U.S. rate

Johnson City, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Knoxville, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.6Above U.S. rate

Morristown, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3Above U.S. rate

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Abilene, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Amarillo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.8Above U.S. rate

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.1Above U.S. rate

College Station-Bryan, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Corpus Christi, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

El Paso, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.7Above U.S. rate

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Laredo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Longview, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lubbock, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.1Above U.S. rate

Midland, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Odessa, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

San Angelo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Sherman-Denison, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Tyler, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Victoria, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Waco, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Wichita Falls, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area

3.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Provo-Orem, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

St. George, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Salt Lake City, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA

3.8Equal to or below U.S. rate

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Danville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

Harrisonburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Lynchburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Roanoke, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Winchester, VA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bellingham, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.7Above U.S. rate

Longview, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.9Above U.S. rate

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

8.1Above U.S. rate

Olympia, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Spokane, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.6Above U.S. rate

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Yakima, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.6Above U.S. rate

Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.5Equal to or below U.S. rate

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Morgantown, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.9Equal to or below U.S. rate

Appleton, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Eau Claire, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Fond du Lac, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Green Bay, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Janesville, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

La Crosse, WI-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Madison, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.3Equal to or below U.S. rate

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.2Equal to or below U.S. rate

Racine, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.0Equal to or below U.S. rate

Sheboygan, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.4Equal to or below U.S. rate

Wausau, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.6Equal to or below U.S. rate

Casper, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area

4.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.1Equal to or below U.S. rate

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary.
 

In October, 35 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, down from 80 areas a year earlier, while 180 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, up from 107 areas in October of last year.

Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, recorded the highest unemployment rates in October, 29.8 and 28.1 percent, respectively. Bismarck, North Dakota, registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.2 percent.

Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, the highest unemployment rates in October were registered in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada, 11.7 and 11.1 percent, respectively. The lowest jobless rate among the large areas was recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 4.9 percent.

These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program; these data are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2324.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate lower than the U.S. rate in 213 metropolitan areas in October on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121130.htm (visited December 22, 2014).

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