December 12, 2013
Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 280 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 79 areas, and unchanged in 13 areas. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.5 percent a year earlier.
|Metropolitan area||October 2012||October 2013|
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, VA
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
In October, among the most populous metropolitan areas, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia, had the lowest unemployment rates, at 5.9 percent. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan, had the highest unemployment rate at 9.0 percent.
These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-2314.