Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment

July 03, 2013

From May 2012 to May 2013, the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California (+6.2 percent), followed by Midland, Texas, and Winchester, Virginia-West Virginia (+5.6 percent each). A total of 277 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm employment, 86 had decreases, and 9 had no change.

Over-the-year percent change in nonfarm employment, selected metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, May 2012–May 2013
Metropolitan areaPercent change(p)

Largest increases

 

  Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

6.2

  Midland, TX

5.6

  Winchester, VA-WV

5.6

Largest decreases

 

  Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV

-3.1

  Bloomington, IN

-3.4

  Decatur, IL

-4.7

(p)=preliminary.

 

The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Decatur, Illinois (−4.7 percent), Bloomington, Indiana (−3.4 percent), and Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-West Virginia (−3.1 percent).

From May 2012 to May 2013, the largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+133,800) and the largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio (−5,600).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – May 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1283.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130703.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

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