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All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in February 2015

April 13, 2015

In February 2015, all 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Michigan (-3.6 percentage points). Other divisions with large unemployment rate decreases included Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan; Elgin, Illinois; and Lake County-Kenosha County, Illinois-Wisconsin.

Change in unemployment for metropolitan divisions from February 2014 to February 2015, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan division Number of unemployed Unemployment rate
Feb 2014 Feb 2015 (p) 12-month change in unemployment Feb 2014 Feb 2015 (p) 12-month change in unemployment rate(p)

Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

84,000 54,700 -29,300 10.9 7.3 -3.6 percentage point(s)

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

107,000 70,200 -36,800 8.6 5.7 -2.9

Elgin, IL

28,400 19,500 -8,900 8.9 6.3 -2.6

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI

37,700 26,700 -11,000 8.4 6.0 -2.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

333,300 249,700 -83,600 8.8 6.6 -2.2

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL

93,400 72,400 -21,000 7.1 5.4 -1.7

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

89,900 69,300 -20,600 6.7 5.1 -1.6

Philadelphia, PA

80,200 64,700 -15,500 8.2 6.6 -1.6

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH

8,000 6,800 -1,200 8.6 7.1 -1.5

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

130,400 97,500 -32,900 5.6 4.1 -1.5

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

94,500 73,400 -21,100 6.0 4.6 -1.4

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA

7,500 6,300 -1,200 7.2 5.8 -1.4

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA

6,100 5,000 -1,100 7.4 6.0 -1.4

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

64,800 49,200 -15,600 5.5 4.1 -1.4

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

43,300 34,500 -8,800 6.3 5.0 -1.3

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH

11,900 9,900 -2,000 6.6 5.4 -1.2

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ

24,000 20,000 -4,000 6.6 5.4 -1.2

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA

5,300 4,400 -900 5.9 4.8 -1.1

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

46,100 35,900 -10,200 4.8 3.7 -1.1

San Rafael, CA

6,700 5,100 -1,600 4.8 3.7 -1.1

Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA

5,200 4,300 -900 6.3 5.2 -1.1

Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

12,000 9,800 -2,200 6.3 5.2 -1.1

Framingham, MA

7,900 6,500 -1,400 5.2 4.2 -1.0

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH

7,000 6,100 -900 6.4 5.4 -1.0

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

551,200 478,000 -73,200 7.8 6.8 -1.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

434,900 389,200 -45,700 8.7 7.7 -1.0

Camden, NJ

50,400 45,700 -4,700 8.0 7.1 -0.9

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

56,200 46,500 -9,700 5.4 4.5 -0.9

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

60,200 51,800 -8,400 6.1 5.2 -0.9

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA

81,200 68,300 -12,900 5.3 4.4 -0.9

Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

87,700 74,500 -13,200 6.1 5.2 -0.9

Nashua, MA

9,200 8,000 -1,200 5.5 4.8 -0.7

Newark, NJ-PA

91,300 83,400 -7,900 7.3 6.6 -0.7

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD

31,600 28,100 -3,500 4.8 4.2 -0.6

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

142,000 130,800 -11,200 5.5 5.0 -0.5

Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

31,200 30,100 -1,100 8.1 7.7 -0.4

Gary, IN

28,900 27,800 -1,100 8.6 8.3 -0.3

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

79,900 79,000 -900 5.1 5.0 -0.1
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

In February, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California, and San Rafael, California, had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 3.7 percent each. Gary, Indiana, had the highest rate, 8.3 percent.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. Metropolitan divisions are essentially separately identifiable employment centers within a metropolitan area. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — February 2015" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in February 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/all-38-metropolitan-divisions-had-over-the-year-unemployment-rate-decreases-in-february-2015.htm (visited October 13, 2019).

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