Bureau of Labor Statistics

October unemployment rates down over the year in 354 of 372 metro areas

December 18, 2014

Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas. Eight areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, and 144 areas had rates lower than 5.0 percent.

Unemployment rates by metro area, October 2014
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Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area
Sate and area Unemployment rate(p)

Alabama

5.8

Anniston-Oxford

6.5

Auburn-Opelika

4.6

Birmingham-Hoover

5.2

Decatur

5.8

Dothan

5.9

Florence-Muscle Shoals

6.4

Gadsden

5.7

Huntsville

5.1

Mobile

6.7

Montgomery

6.1

Tuscaloosa

5.4

 

 

Alaska

6.0

Anchorage

5.1

Fairbanks

5.3

 

 

Arizona

6.6

Flagstaff

6.3

Lake Havasu City-Kingman

7.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale

5.7

Prescott

6.0

Tucson

6.0

Yuma

24.7

 

 

Arkansas

5.1

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers

3.9

Fort Smith

5.4

Hot Springs

5.6

Jonesboro

4.8

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway

4.8

Pine Bluff

6.8

 

 

California

7.0

Bakersfield-Delano

9.0

Chico

7.3

El Centro

23.7

Fresno

10.2

Hanford-Corcoran

10.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana

7.2

Madera-Chowchilla

8.9

Merced

10.3

Modesto

9.9

Napa

4.4

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura

6.3

Redding

7.7

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario

8.1

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville

6.6

Salinas

6.7

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos

5.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont

5.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

5.2

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles

5.3

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta

5.4

Santa Cruz-Watsonville

6.4

Santa Rosa-Petaluma

5.0

Stockton

9.9

Vallejo-Fairfield

6.3

Visalia-Porterville

11.6

Yuba City

10.7

 

 

Colorado

3.7

Boulder

2.9

Colorado Springs

4.7

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield

3.7

Fort Collins-Loveland

3.0

Grand Junction

4.1

Greeley

3.6

Pueblo

5.2

 

 

Connecticut

6.3

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

5.9

Danbury

4.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford

6.3

New Haven

6.5

Norwich-New London

6.4

Waterbury

8.2

 

 

Delaware

6.0

Dover

6.1

 

 

District of Columbia

7.2

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

4.7

 

 

Florida

5.8

Cape Coral-Fort Myers

5.7

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin

4.5

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach

5.7

Gainesville

4.7

Jacksonville

5.6

Lakeland-Winter Haven

6.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach

5.7

Naples-Marco Island

5.7

North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota

5.7

Ocala

6.9

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford

5.4

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville

6.3

Palm Coast

8.2

Panama City-Lynn Haven-

 

Panama City Beach

5.8

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent

5.6

Port St Lucie

6.7

Punta Gorda

6.0

Sebastian-Vero Beach

7.0

Tallahassee

5.2

Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater

6.0

 

 

Georgia

7.2

Albany

7.9

Athens-Clarke County

5.4

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta

7.0

Augusta-Richmond County

7.0

Brunswick

8.0

Columbus

7.8

Dalton

8.8

Gainesville

5.7

Hinesville-Fort Stewart

8.0

Macon

7.7

Rome

7.2

Savannah

6.7

Valdosta

7.2

Warner Robins

6.9

 

 

Hawaii

4.2

Honolulu

3.9

 

 

Idaho

3.2

Boise City-Nampa

3.1

Coeur d'Alene

3.5

Idaho Falls

2.7

Lewiston

3.6

Pocatello

3.4

 

 

Illinois

6.2

Bloomington-Normal

5.9

Champaign-Urbana

6.3

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville

6.1

Danville

8.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island

6.3

Decatur

8.2

Kankakee-Bradley

7.8

Peoria

6.9

Rockford

8.4

Springfield

6.1

 

 

Indiana

5.3

Anderson

6.0

Bloomington

5.4

Columbus

4.0

Elkhart-Goshen

4.8

Evansville

4.7

Fort Wayne

4.8

Indianapolis-Carmel

5.0

Kokomo

5.7

Lafayette

4.8

Michigan City-La Porte

6.7

Muncie

6.2

South Bend-Mishawaka

5.8

Terre Haute

6.7

 

 

Iowa

3.9

Ames

2.9

Cedar Rapids

3.9

Des Moines-West Des Moines

4.0

Dubuque

3.4

Iowa City

2.8

Sioux City

4.0

Waterloo-Cedar Falls

4.0

 

 

Kansas

3.8

Lawrence

3.2

Manhattan

3.4

Topeka

4.0

Wichita

4.6

 

 

Kentucky

5.3

Bowling Green

4.5

Elizabethtown

5.1

Lexington-Fayette

4.5

Louisville-Jefferson County

5.1

Owensboro

4.5

 

 

Louisiana

6.0

Alexandria

6.3

Baton Rouge

5.6

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux

4.2

Lafayette

4.6

Lake Charles

5.3

Monroe

6.4

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner

6.0

Shreveport-Bossier City

6.5

 

 

Maine

5.1

Bangor

5.2

Lewiston-Auburn

4.8

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford

4.1

 

 

Maryland

5.4

Baltimore-Towson

5.6

Cumberland

5.9

Hagerstown-Martinsburg

5.9

Salisbury

6.8

 

 

Massachusetts

5.1

Barnstable Town

4.9

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy

4.7

Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner

6.5

New Bedford

7.4

Pittsfield

5.3

Springfield

6.0

Worcester

5.6

 

 

Michigan

6.4

Ann Arbor

4.1

Battle Creek

5.1

Bay City

5.5

Detroit-Warren-Livonia

8.1

Flint

6.2

Grand Rapids-Wyoming

4.2

Holland-Grand Haven

4.1

Jackson

5.8

Kalamazoo-Portage

4.9

Lansing-East Lansing

5.1

Monroe

5.1

Muskegon-Norton Shores

5.5

Niles-Benton Harbor

5.4

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North

5.7

 

 

Minnesota

3.2

Duluth

4.0

Mankato-North Mankato

2.5

Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington

3.2

Rochester

2.7

St Cloud

3.1

 

 

Mississippi

7.3

Gulfport-Biloxi

7.1

Hattiesburg

6.3

Jackson

5.8

Pascagoula

7.7

 

 

Missouri

4.8

Cape Girardeau-Jackson

4.5

Columbia

3.1

Jefferson City

3.8

Joplin

4.0

Kansas City

4.8

St Joseph

3.8

St Louis (1)

5.4

Springfield

3.9

 

 

Montana

3.8

Billings

2.9

Great Falls

3.3

Missoula

3.4

 

 

Nebraska

2.8

Lincoln

2.3

Omaha-Council Bluffs

3.2

 

 

Nevada

6.6

Carson City

6.8

Las Vegas-Paradise

6.8

Reno-Sparks

6.1

 

 

New Hampshire

3.6

Manchester

3.5

Portsmouth

3.2

Rochester-Dover

3.4

 

 

New Jersey

6.2

Atlantic City-Hammonton

11.2

Ocean City

9.3

Trenton-Ewing

5.1

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton

9.1

 

 

New Mexico

5.9

Albuquerque

6.3

Farmington

5.6

Las Cruces

6.3

Santa Fe

4.8

 

 

New York

5.7

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

4.8

Binghamton

5.9

Buffalo-Niagara Falls

5.7

Elmira

6.0

Glens Falls

5.2

Ithaca

3.9

Kingston

5.7

New York-Northern New Jersey-

 

Long Island

5.9

New York City

6.4

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown

5.3

Rochester

5.5

Syracuse

5.8

Utica-Rome

5.9

 

 

North Carolina

5.5

Asheville

4.1

Burlington

5.5

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill

5.6

Durham-Chapel Hill

4.5

Fayetteville

6.5

Goldsboro

6.0

Greensboro-High Point

5.7

Greenville

5.6

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton

5.9

Jacksonville

5.9

Raleigh-Cary

4.5

Rocky Mount

8.1

Wilmington

5.5

Winston-Salem

5.1

 

 

North Dakota

2.1

Bismarck

2.0

Fargo

2.2

Grand Forks

2.4

 

 

Ohio

4.6

Akron

4.3

Canton-Massillon

4.5

Cincinnati-Middletown

4.3

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor

5.4

Columbus

3.9

Dayton

4.7

Lima

4.5

Mansfield

5.0

Sandusky

4.5

Springfield

4.2

Steubenville-Weirton

6.2

Toledo

4.7

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman

5.0

 

 

Oklahoma

4.1

Lawton

5.2

Oklahoma City

3.9

Tulsa

4.3

 

 

Oregon

6.5

Bend

7.2

Corvallis

4.9

Eugene-Springfield

6.5

Medford

7.5

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro

6.1

Salem

6.5

 

 

Pennsylvania

4.5

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton

4.9

Altoona

4.0

Erie

4.5

Harrisburg-Carlisle

3.9

Johnstown

5.0

Lancaster

3.6

Lebanon

3.6

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

5.4

Pittsburgh

4.2

Reading

4.5

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre

5.5

State College

3.2

Williamsport

4.5

York-Hanover

4.3

 

 

Rhode Island

6.3

Providence-Fall River-Warwick

6.3

 

 

South Carolina

6.3

Anderson

5.6

Charleston-North Charleston-

 

Summerville

5.6

Columbia

5.9

Florence

7.4

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley

5.5

Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway

6.8

Spartanburg

5.9

Sumter

7.0

 

 

South Dakota

2.8

Rapid City

2.8

Sioux Falls

2.5

 

 

Tennessee

6.3

Chattanooga

6.2

Clarksville

6.8

Cleveland

5.9

Jackson

6.5

Johnson City

6.0

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol

6.0

Knoxville

5.3

Memphis

7.5

Morristown

6.8

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--

 

Franklin

5.0

 

 

Texas

4.8

Abilene

3.9

Amarillo

3.5

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos

4.0

Beaumont-Port Arthur

6.9

Brownsville-Harlingen

7.7

College Station-Bryan

3.7

Corpus Christi

4.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

4.8

El Paso

6.6

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown

4.7

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood

5.7

Laredo

5.1

Longview

4.1

Lubbock

3.7

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

7.9

Midland

2.5

Odessa

3.0

San Angelo

3.7

San Antonio-New Braunfels

4.5

Sherman-Denison

4.8

Texarkana

5.5

Tyler

4.9

Victoria

3.7

Waco

4.7

Wichita Falls

4.7

 

 

Utah

3.4

Logan

2.7

Ogden-Clearfield

3.7

Provo-Orem

3.2

St George

3.8

Salt Lake City

3.3

 

 

Vermont

3.4

Burlington-South Burlington

3.1

 

 

Virginia

4.8

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford

5.1

Charlottesville

4.1

Danville

6.7

Harrisonburg

4.8

Lynchburg

5.5

Richmond

5.1

Roanoke

5.0

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News

5.3

Winchester

4.5

 

 

Washington

5.8

Bellingham

6.1

Bremerton-Silverdale

6.2

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland

6.7

Longview

8.5

Mount Vernon-Anacortes

7.0

Olympia

6.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

5.0

Spokane

6.7

Wenatchee-East Wenatchee

5.2

Yakima

6.6

 

 

West Virginia

5.6

Charleston

5.4

Huntington-Ashland

5.1

Morgantown

3.6

Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna

4.8

Wheeling

5.0

 

 

Wisconsin

4.6

Appleton

4.1

Eau Claire

3.9

Fond du Lac

4.3

Green Bay

4.2

Janesville

5.5

La Crosse

3.5

Madison

3.3

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis

5.3

Oshkosh-Neenah

4.3

Racine

6.1

Sheboygan

3.9

Wausau

4.3

 

 

Wyoming

4.1

Casper

3.9

Cheyenne

4.5
Footnotes:

(p)Preliminary

Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rates in October, 24.7 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. Bismarck, North Dakota, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, followed by Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota, 2.2 percent. A total of 194 areas had October unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 168 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. The estimates are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, October unemployment rates down over the year in 354 of 372 metro areas at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141218.htm (visited December 04, 2021).

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