January 11, 2010
In November 2009, the largest over-the-year percentage losses in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment were reported in Grand Junction, Colorado (‑7.9 percent), Flint, Michigan (‑7.7 percent), Monroe, Michigan (‑7.6 percent), and Kokomo, Indiana and Naples-Marco Island, Florida (‑7.5 percent each).
The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment were reported in Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (+3.8 percent), Danville, Virginia (+3.1 percent), Sandusky, Ohio (+2.6 percent), and Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia (+2.1 percent).
Over-the-year, nonfarm employment declined in all 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2008. The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in these large metropolitan areas were posted in Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan (‑6.8 percent), Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (‑6.7 percent), and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (‑6.0 percent).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. The most recent month's employment data are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — November 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1582.