Metropolitan area unemployment, December 2012

February 01, 2013

Unemployment rates were lower in December 2012 than a year earlier in 290 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 68 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas.

Unemployment rate, selected metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, December 2011 and December 2012

Unemployment rate, selected metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, December 2011 and December 2012
Metropolitan areaDecember 2011December 2012 (p)

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV


Reno-Sparks, NV


Carson City, NV


Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ


Decatur, IL


Yuma, AZ


(p) = preliminary.


The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decline in December 2012 was registered in Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (-3.3 percentage points), followed by Reno-Sparks, Nevada (-2.8 percentage points), and Carson City, Nevada (-2.7 percentage points). Twelve additional areas had decreases of 2.0 percentage points or more.

In December 2012, Yuma, Arizona, reported the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.9 percentage points), followed by Decatur, Illinois (1.7 percentage points), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (1.6 percentage points). Two additional areas had increases of more than 1.0 percentage point.

The national unemployment rate in December 2012 was 7.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.3 percent a year earlier. A total of 204 areas recorded December unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 7.6 percent, 154 areas reported rates above it, and 14 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

These metropolitan area data are not seasonally adjusted and are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. December 2012 data are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — December 2012” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0142.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area unemployment, December 2012 on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


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