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Dallas has largest percentage increase in employment among large metropolitan areas, December 2014

February 05, 2015

From December 2013 to December 2014, employment rose in all of the 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2013. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+4.4 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (+4.3 percent), and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+4.2 percent).

Percentage change in employment in large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, December 2013–December 2014
Metropolitan area Percentage change(p)

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

4.4

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

4.3

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

4.2

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

4.0

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

3.3

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

3.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

3.2

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

3.1

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

3.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

3.0

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

2.9

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

2.7

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

2.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ

2.7

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

2.6

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

2.3

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.2

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

2.1

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

2.1

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2.0

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA

2.0

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

1.9

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

1.8

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.8

Baltimore-Towson, MD

1.6

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

1.5

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.3

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

1.2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1.2

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

1.1

Pittsburgh, PA

1.1

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

1.1

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

0.9

Columbus, OH

0.8

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

0.8

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

0.7
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Atlanta-Sandy-Springs-Marietta, GA: 2.6% Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX: 2.9% Baltimore-Towson, MD: 1.6% Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: 1.9% Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC: 2.3% Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI: 0.9% Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN: 2.1% Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH: 1.2% Columbus, OH: 0.8% Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX: 4.4% Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO: 3.3% Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI: 1.1% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: 4.2% Indianapolis-Carmel, IN: 2.7% Kansas City, MO-KS: 2.2% Las Vegas-Paradise, NV: 2.7% Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA: 1.8% Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL: 3% Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: 2.1% Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: 1.8% Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: 3.1% New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: 1.5% Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL: 4.3% Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: 0.8% Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ: 2.7% Pittsburgh, PA: 1.1% Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA: 3.1% Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: 2% Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: 2% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX: 3.1% San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: 3.3% San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA: 3.1% San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: 4% Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: 3.2% St. Louis, MO-IL: 1.3% Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL: 1.2% Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: 1.1% Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: 0.7%

In December, the smallest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (0.7 percent). Columbus, Ohio, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, also had small increases (0.8 percent each).

Among all metropolitan areas, 312 had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 49 had decreases, and 11 had no change in December.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Area) program and 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 — December 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Dallas has largest percentage increase in employment among large metropolitan areas, December 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/dallas-has-largest-percentage-increase-in-employment-among-large-metropolitan-areas-december-2014.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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