A data chart image of Unemployment rates down in 308 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending September 2018

Unemployment rates down in 308 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending September 2018

November 14, 2018

In September 2018, unemployment rates were lower than they were a year earlier in 308 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 58 areas, and unchanged in 22 areas. A total of 201 metropolitan areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.6 percent, 169 areas had rates above it, and 18 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. In September 2018, the national unemployment rate was 3.6 percent.

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November 13, 2018

A data chart image of Employment rose 9.0 percent in Midland, Texas, from September 2017 to September 2018

Employment rose 9.0 percent in Midland, Texas, from September 2017 to September 2018

Fifty-eight metropolitan areas had increases in nonfarm payroll employment from September 2017 to September 2018. One area had a decrease, and 329 areas had essentially no change in employment. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+9.0 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey, and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida (+7.0 percent each). Employment in Wilmington, North Carolina, fell 3.6 percent over the year.

November 09, 2018

A data chart image of Less than one unemployed person per job opening in September 2018

Less than one unemployed person per job opening in September 2018

There were 7.0 million job openings on the last business day of September 2018 and about 6.1 million unemployed people in September. The ratio of unemployed people to job openings was 0.9 in September, the lowest rate recorded in the job openings data, which began in December 2000. The number of unemployed persons per job opening has ranged between 0.9 and 1.1 since January 2018.

November 08, 2018

A data chart image of Labor market trends for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2000–17

Labor market trends for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2000–17

The employment–population ratio for American Indians and Alaska Natives age 16 and older was 55.6 percent in 2017, down 4.0 percentage points from 2000. Their labor force participation rate, at 60.3 percent in 2017, was down from 64.5 percent in 2000. Among American Indians and Alaska Natives who participated in the labor force in 2017, 7.8 percent were unemployed.

November 07, 2018

A data chart image of Unemployment rate 2.7 percent for people ages 45 to 54, 8.3 percent for 16 to 24 in October 2018

Unemployment rate 2.7 percent for people ages 45 to 54, 8.3 percent for 16 to 24 in October 2018

The unemployment rate in October 2018 was 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 percent in October 2017. Unemployment rates by age in October 2018 ranged from 2.7 percent for people ages 45 to 54 years (the same as a year earlier) to 8.3 percent for people ages 16 to 24 (down slightly from October 2017).

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