June 07, 2010
Among all metropolitan areas, Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada, registered the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase in April 2010 (+3.7 percent), followed closely by Farmington, New Mexico (+3.6 points).
Three other metropolitan areas had rate increases of more than 3.0 percentage points: Yuba City, California (+3.4 points), Rockford, Illinois (+3.3 points), and Yuma, Arizona (+3.1 points).
The largest over-the-year metropolitan unemployment rate decrease in April 2010 was posted by Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana (‑4.8 percentage points). Eleven other areas reported rate decreases of at least 1.0 percentage point, though none were greater than 1.9 points.
These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. The most recent month's employment data are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment —April 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0746.