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Local Area Unemployment Statistics
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Unemployment Rate Over-the-Year Change for Large Metropolitan Areas

(with a 1990 Census population of 1 million or more)

Unemployment Rate Over-the-Year Change for Large Metropolitan Areas
Annual Average Rankings
2002 2003
Rank Metropolitan Area Rate Rate Change
1 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 5.7 5.0 -0.7
2 Miami, FL PMSA 7.8 7.2 -0.6
3 Atlanta, GA MSA 5.3 4.9 -0.4
3 Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 5.9 5.5 -0.4
3 Orlando, FL MSA 5.3 4.9 -0.4
6 Orange County, CA PMSA 4.1 3.8 -0.3
6 Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 6.1 5.8 -0.3
6 San Jose, CA PMSA 8.5 8.2 -0.3
9 San Francisco, CA PMSA 5.9 5.7 -0.2
9 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 4.6 4.4 -0.2
9 Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 3.7 3.5 -0.2
12 Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 5.0 4.9 -0.1
12 Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 4.3 4.2 -0.1
14 Dallas, TX PMSA 7.1 7.1 0.0
14 Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MSA 6.2 6.2 0.0
14 Newark, NJ PMSA 6.1 6.1 0.0
14 Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 5.5 5.5 0.0
14 Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 5.9 5.9 0.0
14 Rochester, NY MSA 5.9 5.9 0.0
14 San Diego, CA MSA 4.3 4.3 0.0
21 Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 5.8 5.9 0.1
21 Chicago, IL PMSA 6.7 6.8 0.1
21 Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA 6.6 6.7 0.1
21 Indianapolis, IN MSA 4.6 4.7 0.1
21 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 6.0 6.1 0.1
26 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN PMSA 4.9 5.1 0.2
26 Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 6.8 7.0 0.2
26 Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 4.2 4.4 0.2
26 Oakland, CA PMSA 6.1 6.3 0.2
26 Pittsburgh, PA MSA 5.4 5.6 0.2
26 Sacramento, CA PMSA 5.2 5.4 0.2
26 St. Louis, MO-IL MSA1 5.7 5.9 0.2
33 Baltimore, MD PMSA 4.8 5.1 0.3
33 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 6.4 6.7 0.3
33 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 6.1 6.4 0.3
33 Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 5.7 6.0 0.3
33 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 5.4 5.7 0.3
33 San Antonio, TX MSA 5.2 5.5 0.3
33 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 6.8 7.1 0.3
40 Boston, MA-NH PMSA 4.8 5.2 0.4
40 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 6.0 6.4 0.4
40 Denver, CO PMSA1 5.9 6.3 0.4
40 New Orleans, LA MSA 5.4 5.8 0.4
40 New York, NY PMSA 7.3 7.7 0.4
45 Columbus, OH MSA 4.4 4.9 0.5
45 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 4.3 4.8 0.5
47 Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 7.8 8.5 0.7
48 Houston, TX PMSA 5.9 6.9 1.0
48 Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 5.2 6.2 1.0
50 Detroit, MI PMSA 6.2 7.3 1.1
51 Hartford, CT MSA 4.5 5.9 1.4

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

 

Last Modified Date: June 9, 2004