For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, August 30, 2023 USDL-23-1891 Technical information: Employment: (202) 691-6559 * email@example.com * www.bls.gov/sae Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * firstname.lastname@example.org * www.bls.gov/lau Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- JULY 2023 Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 192 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 176 areas, and unchanged in 21 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. A total of 12 areas had jobless rates of less than 2.0 percent and 5 areas had rates of at least 8.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 79 metropolitan areas, decreased in 1 area, and was essentially unchanged in 309 areas. The national unemployment rate in July was 3.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted, the same as a year earlier. This news release presents statistics from two monthly programs. The civilian labor force and unemployment data are based on the same concepts and definitions as those used for the national household survey estimates. These data pertain to individuals by where they reside. The employment data are from an establishment survey that measures nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry. These data pertain to jobs on payrolls defined by where the establishments are located. For more information about the concepts and statistical methodologies used by these two programs, see the Technical Note. Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In July, Sioux Falls, SD, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.4 percent. The next lowest rates were in Burlington-South Burlington, VT, 1.5 percent, and Rapid City, SD, 1.6 percent. El Centro, CA, had the highest rate, 17.7 percent. A total of 233 areas had July jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.8 percent, 138 areas had rates above it, and 18 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.) The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in July occurred in California-Lexington Park, MD, and Johnstown, PA (-1.8 percentage points each). Thirty-eight other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. El Centro, CA, had the largest over-the-year rate increase in July (+2.5 percentage points), closely followed by Elkhart-Goshen, IN (+2.4 points). Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Baltimore-Columbia- Towson, MD, had the lowest jobless rate in July, 1.7 percent. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV, had the highest rate, 6.1 percent. Twenty-four large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 24 had increases, and 3 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (-1.7 percentage points). The largest jobless rate increase was in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (+0.9 percentage point). Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 38 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In July, Silver Spring-Frederick- Rockville, MD, had the lowest division unemployment rate, 1.6 percent. Los Angeles-Long Beach- Glendale, CA, had the highest rate among the divisions, 5.4 percent. (See table 2.) In July, 20 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and 18 had increases. The largest rate decline occurred in Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD (-1.5 percentage points). The largest over-the-year jobless rate increases occurred in Elgin, IL; Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI; and Newark, NJ-PA (+1.2 percentage points each). Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In July, nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 79 metropolitan areas, decreased in 1 area, and was essentially unchanged in 309 areas. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (+227,000), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (+178,600), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (+152,600). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Midland, TX (+6.3 percent), followed by Las Cruces, NM (+5.4 percent), and Charleston-North Charleston, SC (+5.0 percent). The over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Elkhart-Goshen, IN (-6,300, or -4.3 percent). (See table 3.) Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 35 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 16 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (+4.5 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (+4.4 percent), followed by Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, and Jacksonville, FL (+4.2 percent each). Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In July, nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 16 metropolitan divisions and was essentially unchanged in 22 divisions. The largest over-the-year increases in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ (+188,700), Dallas- Plano-Irving, TX (+128,000), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA (+104,300). (See table 4.) The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (+4.4 percent), Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (+4.3 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL (+3.8 percent). _____________ The State Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).