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All metro divisions had over-the-year gains in employment, February 2015

April 10, 2015

From February 2014 to February 2015, all 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year gains in nonfarm employment. The largest percentage increase occurred in San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California (+4.6 percent). Large gains also occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.5 percent), and Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida (+4.2 percent).

Percent change in nonfarm employment, selected metropolitan areas and divisions, February 2014–February 2015
State, area, and division(1) Percent(p)

California

3.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim

2.7

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine

3.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale

2.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward

3.5

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley

2.6

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco

4.6

San Rafael

3.0

District of Columbia

2.1

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria(2)

1.7

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville(3)

0.8

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria(2)

1.9

Florida

3.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

3.7

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach

4.2

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall

3.4

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach

3.7

Illinois

1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin(2)

1.6

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

1.7

Elgin

1.6

Gary(3)

1.5

Lake County-Kenosha County(2)

0.9

Massachusetts

1.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua(2)

1.4

Boston-Cambridge-Newton

1.2

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton

2.2

Framingham

1.9

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town(2)

1.3

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem(2)

2.5

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford(2)

2.0

Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead

3.3

Nashua(2)

0.2

Peabody-Salem-Beverly

1.4

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton

1.1

Michigan

2.0

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn

2.2

Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia

1.8

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills

2.5

New York

1.7

New York-Newark-Jersey City(2)

1.8

Dutchess County-Putnam County

0.1

Nassau County-Suffolk County

1.2

Newark(3)

1.2

New York-Jersey City-White Plains(2)

2.1

Pennsylvania

1.2

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington(2)

2.0

Camden(3)

1.9

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County

1.9

Philadelphia

2.2

Wilmington(3)

1.5

Texas

3.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

4.1

Dallas-Plano-Irving

4.5

Fort Worth-Arlington

3.4

Washington

3.2

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

3.1

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett

3.1

Tacoma-Lakewood

3.0
Footnotes:

(1) These 11 areas contain all of the 38 metropolitan divisions.

(2) Part of the area (or division) is in one or more adjacent states.

(3) All of the division is in one or more adjacent states.

(p) Preliminary

NOTE: Data are counts of jobs by place of work. Estimates subsequent to the current benchmark are preliminary and will be revised when new information becomes available. Area definitions are based on Office of Management and Budget Bulletin No. 13-01, dated February 28, 2013, and available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm. Areas in the six New England states are Metropolitan New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs), while areas in other states are county-based. Some metropolitan areas lie in two or more states. They are listed under the state containing the first principal city. Metropolitan divisions are listed under their metropolitan areas. Some divisions lie in more than one state, and some, like Camden, N.J., are totally outside the states under which their metropolitan areas are listed. For Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va., the metropolitan area and division titles are identical. Estimates for the latest month are subject to revision the following month.

In February, 355 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm employment, 29 had decreases, and 3 had no change. The largest increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+162,300), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+152,400), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+132,400). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+8.8 percent), followed by Ocean City, New Jersey (+8.6 percent), and Lake Charles, Louisiana (+8.5 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. 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 metro divisions had over-the-year gains in employment, February 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/all-metro-divisions-had-over-the-year-gains-in-employment-february-2015.htm (visited September 19, 2020).

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