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Metropolitan area employment, August 2009

October 02, 2009

In August 2009, the largest over-the-year percentage loss in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment was reported in Flint, Michigan (‑10.7 percent); followed by Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana (‑10.6 percent); Holland-Grand Haven, Michigan (‑8.7 percent); Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan (‑8.5 percent); and Reno-Sparks, Nevada; and Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington (‑8.4 percent each).

Percent change in nonfarm payroll employment employment, August 2008–August 2009, selected metropolitan areas
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The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment were reported in Sandusky, Ohio (+2.7 percent); Hot Springs, Arkansas (+2.6 percent); Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (+2.5 percent); Jonesboro, Arkansas (+1.9 percent); and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (+1.5 percent).

The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in large metropolitan areas (metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2008) were posted in Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan (‑8.5 percent); Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (‑7.9 percent); Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (‑6.7 percent); Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia (‑6.2 percent); and Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina-South Carolina; and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (‑6.0 percent each).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. The most recent month's employment data are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — August 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1179.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area employment, August 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091002.htm (visited December 11, 2019).


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