Metropolitan area unemployment in March 2014
May 01, 2014
Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 333 of 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 30 areas, and unchanged in 9 areas. Twenty-five areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent and 59 had rates of less than 5.0 percent. The national unemployment rate in March 2014 was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.6 percent a year earlier.
|Metropolitan division||Unemployment rate(p)|
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Ca
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC, VA
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
Lake-Kenosha County, IL
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In March, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Massachusetts-New Hampshire had the highest jobless rates among the divisions, 10.1 percent. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland had the lowest division rate, 4.6 percent.
These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — March 2014” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-0699.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area unemployment in March 2014 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140501.htm (visited May 26, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.