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Unemployment Rate Over-the-Year Change in Metropolitan Areas


Unemployment Rate Over-the-Year Change in Metropolitan Areas
Annual Average Rankings
Rank Metropolitan Area 2002
Rate
2003
Rate
Change
1 Florence, AL MSA 10.1 7.9 -2.2
2 Provo-Orem, UT MSA 5.9 4.6 -1.3
3 Rocky Mount, NC MSA 10.1 9.0 -1.1
4 Pocatello, ID MSA 6.2 5.2 -1.0
5 Altoona, PA MSA 6.0 5.1 -0.9
5 Wilmington, NC MSA 6.4 5.5 -0.9
7 Albany, GA MSA 5.8 5.0 -0.8
7 Decatur, IL MSA 8.2 7.4 -0.8
7 Fayetteville, NC MSA 6.4 5.6 -0.8
10 Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula, MS MSA 5.5 4.8 -0.7
10 Gary, IN PMSA 6.4 5.7 -0.7
10 Nashua, NH PMSA 6.1 5.4 -0.7
10 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 5.7 5.0 -0.7
14 Miami, FL PMSA 7.8 7.2 -0.6
14 Tucson, AZ MSA 4.9 4.3 -0.6
14 Williamsport, PA MSA 6.9 6.3 -0.6
17 Asheville, NC MSA 4.4 3.9 -0.5
17 Erie, PA MSA 7.4 6.9 -0.5
17 Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 3.2 2.7 -0.5
17 Hattiesburg, MS MSA 4.5 4.0 -0.5
17 Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 5.4 4.9 -0.5
17 Ocala, FL MSA 5.0 4.5 -0.5
23 Atlanta, GA MSA 5.3 4.9 -0.4
23 Bloomington, IN MSA 3.4 3.0 -0.4
23 Elmira, NY MSA 7.0 6.6 -0.4
23 Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 5.9 5.5 -0.4
23 Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 7.0 6.6 -0.4
23 Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 5.7 5.3 -0.4
23 Lynchburg, VA MSA 5.5 5.1 -0.4
23 Orlando, FL MSA 5.3 4.9 -0.4
23 Panama City, FL MSA 5.8 5.4 -0.4
23 Pensacola, FL MSA 4.5 4.1 -0.4
23 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 5.1 4.7 -0.4
23 South Bend, IN MSA 5.1 4.7 -0.4
23 Springfield, MO MSA 4.4 4.0 -0.4
23 Terre Haute, IN MSA 6.0 5.6 -0.4
37 Anniston, AL MSA 5.7 5.4 -0.3
37 Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 5.3 5.0 -0.3
37 Binghamton, NY MSA 6.1 5.8 -0.3
37 Dutchess County, NY PMSA 4.1 3.8 -0.3
37 Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA 4.2 3.9 -0.3
37 Johnstown, PA MSA 7.2 6.9 -0.3
37 Macon, GA MSA 4.3 4.0 -0.3
37 Manchester, NH PMSA 4.5 4.2 -0.3
37 Orange County, CA PMSA 4.1 3.8 -0.3
37 Reading, PA MSA 6.5 6.2 -0.3
37 Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 6.1 5.8 -0.3
37 San Jose, CA PMSA 8.5 8.2 -0.3
37 Tallahassee, FL MSA 3.7 3.4 -0.3
37 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA 5.9 5.6 -0.3
51 Athens, GA MSA 3.2 3.0 -0.2
51 Bismarck, ND MSA 3.6 3.4 -0.2
51 Colorado Springs, CO MSA 6.6 6.4 -0.2
51 Eau Claire, WI MSA 5.4 5.2 -0.2
51 Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 4.9 4.7 -0.2
51 Gainesville, FL MSA 2.6 2.4 -0.2
51 Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 4.0 3.8 -0.2
51 Jackson, MS MSA 4.5 4.3 -0.2
51 Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 7.0 6.8 -0.2
51 Jersey City, NJ PMSA 8.2 8.0 -0.2
51 Longview-Marshall, TX MSA 6.8 6.6 -0.2
51 Portsmouth-Rochester, NH-ME PMSA 4.3 4.1 -0.2
51 Reno, NV MSA 4.6 4.4 -0.2
51 San Francisco, CA PMSA 5.9 5.7 -0.2
51 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 4.2 4.0 -0.2
51 Savannah, GA MSA 4.1 3.9 -0.2
51 Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton, PA MSA 6.2 6.0 -0.2
51 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 4.6 4.4 -0.2
51 Trenton, NJ PMSA 5.0 4.8 -0.2
51 Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 3.7 3.5 -0.2
51 Wausau, WI MSA 4.8 4.6 -0.2
51 Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 5.4 5.2 -0.2
51 Wichita Falls, TX MSA 5.1 4.9 -0.2
51 Yuma, AZ MSA 23.7 23.5 -0.2
75 Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 4.0 3.9 -0.1
75 Bellingham, WA MSA 6.2 6.1 -0.1
75 Billings, MT MSA 3.7 3.6 -0.1
75 Boise City, ID MSA 5.4 5.3 -0.1
75 Columbus, GA-AL MSA 5.5 5.4 -0.1
75 Daytona Beach, FL MSA 5.2 5.1 -0.1
75 Decatur, AL MSA 7.0 6.9 -0.1
75 Dothan, AL MSA 4.6 4.5 -0.1
75 Fresno, CA MSA 14.1 14.0 -0.1
75 Glens Falls, NY MSA 5.0 4.9 -0.1
75 Goldsboro, NC MSA 6.0 5.9 -0.1
75 Jacksonville, FL MSA 5.3 5.2 -0.1
75 Jacksonville, NC MSA 5.8 5.7 -0.1
75 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA 6.1 6.0 -0.1
75 Lawrence, KS MSA 4.8 4.7 -0.1
75 Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 5.0 4.9 -0.1
75 Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 4.3 4.2 -0.1
75 Olympia, WA PMSA 5.8 5.7 -0.1
75 Salinas, CA MSA 10.5 10.4 -0.1
75 Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 3.6 3.5 -0.1
75 Spokane, WA MSA 6.9 6.8 -0.1
75 Ventura, CA PMSA 5.4 5.3 -0.1
75 York, PA MSA 5.1 5.0 -0.1
98 Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 5.0 5.0 0.0
98 Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 5.7 5.7 0.0
98 Charleston, WV MSA 4.8 4.8 0.0
98 Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA 3.9 3.9 0.0
98 Dallas, TX PMSA 7.1 7.1 0.0
98 Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 4.0 4.0 0.0
98 Gadsden, AL MSA 6.1 6.1 0.0
98 Green Bay, WI MSA 5.0 5.0 0.0
98 Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MSA 6.2 6.2 0.0
98 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 8.8 8.8 0.0
98 Honolulu, HI MSA 3.9 3.9 0.0
98 Houma, LA MSA 3.9 3.9 0.0
98 Joplin, MO MSA 5.3 5.3 0.0
98 La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 4.3 4.3 0.0
98 Lafayette, LA MSA 5.6 5.6 0.0
98 Laredo, TX MSA 7.3 7.3 0.0
98 Modesto, CA MSA 11.5 11.5 0.0
98 Newark, NJ PMSA 6.1 6.1 0.0
98 Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 5.8 5.8 0.0
98 Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 5.5 5.5 0.0
98 Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 5.9 5.9 0.0
98 Rochester, NY MSA 5.9 5.9 0.0
98 San Diego, CA MSA 4.3 4.3 0.0
98 San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 3.4 3.4 0.0
98 Sheboygan, WI MSA 4.9 4.9 0.0
98 St. Joseph, MO MSA 5.8 5.8 0.0
98 State College, PA MSA 3.4 3.4 0.0
98 Utica-Rome, NY MSA 5.3 5.3 0.0
98 Victoria, TX MSA 5.2 5.2 0.0
98 Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, CA MSA 15.5 15.5 0.0
128 Abilene, TX MSA 4.1 4.2 0.1
128 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA MSA 5.7 5.8 0.1
128 Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 5.8 5.9 0.1
128 Birmingham, AL MSA 4.4 4.5 0.1
128 Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 2.7 2.8 0.1
128 Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA1 5.7 5.8 0.1
128 Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 3.2 3.3 0.1
128 Chicago, IL PMSA 6.7 6.8 0.1
128 Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 7.7 7.8 0.1
128 Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA 6.6 6.7 0.1
128 Columbia, MO MSA 2.2 2.3 0.1
128 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA 5.2 5.3 0.1
128 Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 4.2 4.3 0.1
128 Hagerstown, MD PMSA 4.5 4.6 0.1
128 Hamilton-Middletown, OH PMSA 4.4 4.5 0.1
128 Huntsville, AL MSA 4.4 4.5 0.1
128 Indianapolis, IN MSA 4.6 4.7 0.1
128 Jackson, TN MSA 5.7 5.8 0.1
128 Kenosha, WI PMSA 5.8 5.9 0.1
128 Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 8.1 8.2 0.1
128 Lima, OH MSA 6.2 6.3 0.1
128 Madison, WI MSA 2.7 2.8 0.1
128 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 6.0 6.1 0.1
128 Missoula, MT MSA 3.8 3.9 0.1
128 Mobile, AL MSA 6.1 6.2 0.1
128 Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 5.3 5.4 0.1
128 Naples, FL MSA 4.4 4.5 0.1
128 Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 10.0 10.1 0.1
128 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 8.5 8.6 0.1
157 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 3.8 4.0 0.2
157 Alexandria, LA MSA 5.8 6.0 0.2
157 Amarillo, TX MSA 3.7 3.9 0.2
157 Anchorage, AK MSA 5.5 5.7 0.2
157 Bremerton, WA PMSA 6.2 6.4 0.2
157 Casper, WY MSA 4.6 4.8 0.2
157 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN PMSA 4.9 5.1 0.2
157 Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 6.5 6.7 0.2
157 Dover, DE MSA 4.0 4.2 0.2
157 Dubuque, IA MSA 3.8 4.0 0.2
157 Great Falls, MT MSA 4.4 4.6 0.2
157 Greenville, NC MSA 6.5 6.7 0.2
157 Jamestown, NY MSA 6.2 6.4 0.2
157 Lancaster, PA MSA 3.8 4.0 0.2
157 Lawton, OK MSA 3.4 3.6 0.2
157 Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 6.8 7.0 0.2
157 Medford-Ashland, OR MSA 7.1 7.3 0.2
157 Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 4.2 4.4 0.2
157 Oakland, CA PMSA 6.1 6.3 0.2
157 Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 5.3 5.5 0.2
157 Pittsburgh, PA MSA 5.4 5.6 0.2
157 Portland, ME MSA 2.7 2.9 0.2
157 Punta Gorda, FL MSA 4.2 4.4 0.2
157 Roanoke, VA MSA 3.4 3.6 0.2
157 Sacramento, CA PMSA 5.2 5.4 0.2
157 San Angelo, TX MSA 3.7 3.9 0.2
157 Sharon, PA MSA 4.9 5.1 0.2
157 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA MSA 7.3 7.5 0.2
157 St. Louis, MO-IL MSA1 5.7 5.9 0.2
157 Sumter, SC MSA 7.7 7.9 0.2
157 Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 3.5 3.7 0.2
157 Yolo, CA PMSA 5.0 5.2 0.2
189 Akron, OH PMSA 5.4 5.7 0.3
189 Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 7.4 7.7 0.3
189 Baltimore, MD PMSA 4.8 5.1 0.3
189 Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 4.4 4.7 0.3
189 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 6.4 6.7 0.3
189 Cheyenne, WY MSA 3.8 4.1 0.3
189 Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN MSA 2.5 2.8 0.3
189 Fort Wayne, IN MSA 5.2 5.5 0.3
189 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 6.1 6.4 0.3
189 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 6.1 6.4 0.3
189 Iowa City, IA MSA 3.0 3.3 0.3
189 Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 5.7 6.0 0.3
189 Killeen-Temple, TX MSA 5.3 5.6 0.3
189 Lexington, KY MSA 3.9 4.2 0.3
189 Louisville, KY-IN MSA 5.2 5.5 0.3
189 Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 6.5 6.8 0.3
189 Merced, CA MSA 14.5 14.8 0.3
189 Muncie, IN MSA 5.5 5.8 0.3
189 Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 4.4 4.7 0.3
189 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 5.4 5.7 0.3
189 Pueblo, CO MSA 7.0 7.3 0.3
189 Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 4.0 4.3 0.3
189 San Antonio, TX MSA 5.2 5.5 0.3
189 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 8.1 8.4 0.3
189 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 6.8 7.1 0.3
189 Syracuse, NY MSA 5.5 5.8 0.3
189 Tacoma, WA PMSA 7.5 7.8 0.3
189 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR MSA 5.1 5.4 0.3
189 Tyler, TX MSA 4.6 4.9 0.3
189 Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 4.6 4.9 0.3
189 Yakima, WA MSA 10.3 10.6 0.3
220 Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 3.7 4.1 0.4
220 Bangor, ME MSA 2.9 3.3 0.4
220 Boston, MA-NH PMSA 4.8 5.2 0.4
220 Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 1.9 2.3 0.4
220 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 6.0 6.4 0.4
220 Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 5.0 5.4 0.4
220 Denver, CO PMSA1 5.9 6.3 0.4
220 Knoxville, TN MSA 3.5 3.9 0.4
220 Lafayette, IN MSA 3.8 4.2 0.4
220 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 13.2 13.6 0.4
220 Montgomery, AL MSA 4.7 5.1 0.4
220 Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 4.7 5.1 0.4
220 Nashville, TN MSA 4.0 4.4 0.4
220 New Orleans, LA MSA 5.4 5.8 0.4
220 New York, NY PMSA 7.3 7.7 0.4
220 Rapid City, SD MSA 2.9 3.3 0.4
220 Redding, CA MSA 7.4 7.8 0.4
220 Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 4.5 4.9 0.4
220 Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 3.2 3.6 0.4
220 Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 5.2 5.6 0.4
220 Waco, TX MSA 4.7 5.1 0.4
220 Yuba City, CA MSA 13.4 13.8 0.4
242 Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 4.2 4.7 0.5
242 Charlottesville, VA MSA 2.6 3.1 0.5
242 Columbus, OH MSA 4.4 4.9 0.5
242 Corpus Christi, TX MSA 6.2 6.7 0.5
242 Corvallis, OR MSA 3.7 4.2 0.5
242 Danbury, CT PMSA 3.3 3.8 0.5
242 Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 5.7 6.2 0.5
242 Des Moines, IA MSA 3.4 3.9 0.5
242 Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 5.2 5.7 0.5
242 Flagstaff, AZ-UT MSA 5.8 6.3 0.5
242 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 5.2 5.7 0.5
242 Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC MSA 5.7 6.2 0.5
242 Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA MSA 5.4 5.9 0.5
242 Jonesboro, AR MSA 4.8 5.3 0.5
242 Kankakee, IL PMSA 7.2 7.7 0.5
242 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 4.3 4.8 0.5
242 Pittsfield, MA MSA 5.1 5.6 0.5
242 Racine, WI PMSA 7.6 8.1 0.5
242 Sherman-Denison, TX MSA 6.9 7.4 0.5
242 Sioux Falls, SD MSA 2.4 2.9 0.5
242 St. Cloud, MN MSA 4.5 5.0 0.5
242 Topeka, KS MSA 4.4 4.9 0.5
242 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA MSA 4.3 4.8 0.5
265 Bakersfield, CA MSA 11.7 12.3 0.6
265 Baton Rouge, LA MSA 5.6 6.2 0.6
265 Columbia, SC MSA 3.5 4.1 0.6
265 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 2.4 3.0 0.6
265 Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 7.3 7.9 0.6
265 Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA 4.1 4.7 0.6
265 Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 4.5 5.1 0.6
265 Lubbock, TX MSA 3.0 3.6 0.6
265 Rochester, MN MSA 3.6 4.2 0.6
265 Rockford, IL MSA 7.8 8.4 0.6
265 Springfield, IL MSA 4.6 5.2 0.6
265 Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 5.8 6.4 0.6
277 Brockton, MA PMSA 5.4 6.1 0.7
277 Burlington, VT MSA 3.0 3.7 0.7
277 Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 3.9 4.6 0.7
277 Danville, VA MSA 8.5 9.2 0.7
277 Enid, OK MSA 2.9 3.6 0.7
277 Greeley, CO PMSA 6.0 6.7 0.7
277 Lincoln, NE MSA 3.3 4.0 0.7
277 Omaha, NE-IA MSA 3.8 4.5 0.7
277 Pine Bluff, AR MSA 8.8 9.5 0.7
277 Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 7.8 8.5 0.7
277 Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 5.9 6.6 0.7
288 Albuquerque, NM MSA 4.7 5.5 0.8
288 Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 7.4 8.2 0.8
288 Grand Junction, CO MSA 4.9 5.7 0.8
288 Las Cruces, NM MSA 6.7 7.5 0.8
288 New Bedford, MA PMSA 7.4 8.2 0.8
288 Owensboro, KY MSA 5.4 6.2 0.8
288 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH MSA 5.4 6.2 0.8
288 Salem, OR PMSA 6.9 7.7 0.8
288 Santa Fe, NM MSA 2.7 3.5 0.8
288 Springfield, MA MSA 5.2 6.0 0.8
288 Wichita, KS MSA 6.3 7.1 0.8
299 Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 10.1 11.0 0.9
299 Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 4.6 5.5 0.9
299 Kokomo, IN MSA 5.6 6.5 0.9
299 Lake Charles, LA MSA 5.7 6.6 0.9
299 Mansfield, OH MSA 7.1 8.0 0.9
299 Oklahoma City, OK MSA 4.2 5.1 0.9
299 Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 6.9 7.8 0.9
299 Toledo, OH MSA 6.3 7.2 0.9
299 Youngstown-Warren, OH MSA 6.8 7.7 0.9
308 El Paso, TX MSA 8.7 9.7 1.0
308 Eugene-Springfield, OR MSA 6.8 7.8 1.0
308 Houston, TX PMSA 5.9 6.9 1.0
308 Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 5.3 6.3 1.0
308 Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 3.9 4.9 1.0
308 Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 5.2 6.2 1.0
308 Monroe, LA MSA 5.0 6.0 1.0
315 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 8.4 9.5 1.1
315 Benton Harbor, MI MSA 6.2 7.3 1.1
315 Detroit, MI PMSA 6.2 7.3 1.1
315 Flint, MI PMSA 8.6 9.7 1.1
315 New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 3.7 4.8 1.1
315 Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 4.0 5.1 1.1
321 Canton-Massillon, OH MSA 5.6 6.8 1.2
322 Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 6.4 7.7 1.3
322 New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 4.1 5.4 1.3
322 Waterbury, CT PMSA 6.0 7.3 1.3
325 Bridgeport, CT PMSA 5.3 6.7 1.4
325 Hartford, CT MSA 4.5 5.9 1.4
327 Jackson, MI MSA 6.5 8.0 1.5
328 Brazoria, TX PMSA 7.3 8.9 1.6
328 Tulsa, OK MSA 4.9 6.5 1.6
330 Florence, SC MSA 6.7 8.4 1.7
330 Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 6.6 8.3 1.7

Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force.
1 Area boundaries do not reflect official OMB definitions.

 

Last Modified Date: June 9, 2004