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Employment in large metropolitan areas, August 2011

September 30, 2011

The largest over-the-year percentage increases in nonfarm payroll employment among large metropolitan areas (those with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2010) were in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (+3.4 percent); Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+2.6 percent); and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin (+2.5 percent).

Change in nonfarm payroll employment, selected large metropolitan areas, August 2010–August 2011
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The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment among large metropolitan areas occurred in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia (−1.4 percent); Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas (−1.3 percent); and Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana (−1.2 percent).

The largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+65,600), followed by New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania. (+57,400). The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia (−30,800), and Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas (−12,600).

Over the year, from August 2010 to August 2011, nonfarm employment rose in 29 of the 36 large metropolitan areas.

Of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas (of all sizes), 238 reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 127 reported decreases, and 7 had no change in August.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metropolitan Area) program. For more information, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – August 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1396. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in large metropolitan areas, August 2011 at (visited June 24, 2024).

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