August 01, 2014
In June 2014, unemployment rates were lower than a year earlier in 359 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 10 areas, and unchanged in 3 areas. Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rates in June, 26.9 percent and 22.0 percent, respectively. Bismarck, North Dakota, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent, followed by Midland, Texas, at 2.9 percent.
|Metropolitan area||June unemployment rate||Unemployment rate change, June 2013–June 2014(p)|
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
El Centro, CA
New Bedford, MA
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Rocky Mount, NC
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
Longview, Washington, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June (−3.4 percentage points). The next-largest declines were in Decatur, Illinois (−3.3 percentage points); Rocky Mount, North Carolina (−3.2 points); and New Bedford, Massachusetts (−3.0 points). Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama, had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+0.9 percentage point).
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan, had the highest unemployment rate in June at 9.2 percent. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas, and Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin, had the lowest jobless rates among the large areas, 4.4 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively. The largest unemployment rate decline occurred in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (−2.8 percentage points). Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama, had the only jobless rate increase (+0.1 percentage point).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1389.