September 06, 2011
In July 2011, among the 50 metropolitan areas in the Northeast Region, 5 recorded unemployment rates above 11 percent and 5 recorded unemployment rates below 6 percent.
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey, recorded the highest unemployment rate (13.9 percent) and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the lowest (4.7 percent).
In July, three Northeast Region metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment greater than 4 percent: Rochester-Dover, New Hampshire (5.6 percent); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (5.4 percent); and Lebanon, Pennsylvania (4.9 percent). The metropolitan areas reporting the largest decreases in employment were Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey (−3.1 percent), Barnstable Town, Massachusetts (−2.8 percent), and Glens Falls, New York (−2.4 percent).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — July 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1275. The Northeast Region consists of the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.