Unemployment in areas with a population of 1 million or more, November 2014

January 07, 2015

In November 2014, 48 of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. The largest rate decline occurred in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (−2.4 percentage points), while New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana, had the only rate increase (+1.4 percentage points).

12-month change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas with Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, November 2014
Area Unemployment rate in November 2013 Unemployment rate in November 2014(p) Over-the-year change(p) Census 2000 population

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

8.2% 5.8% -2.4 percentage point(s) 9,098,316

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

6.5 4.3 -2.2 2,009,632

Columbus, OH

5.9 3.7 -2.2 1,612,694

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA

8.9 6.7 -2.2 1,291,932

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

5.9 3.9 -2.0 2,179,240

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

9.0 7.1 -1.9 1,375,765

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

7.2 5.4 -1.8 2,148,143

Pittsburgh, PA

6.0 4.3 -1.7 2,431,087

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

6.8 5.2 -1.6 5,687,147

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

7.0 5.4 -1.6 1,330,448

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

6.7 5.2 -1.5 1,500,741

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

7.0 5.5 -1.5 1,161,975

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA

6.0 4.7 -1.3 4,540,941

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

9.3 8.0 -1.3 3,254,821

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

5.7 4.5 -1.2 4,715,407

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

8.2 7.0 -1.2 4,452,557

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

7.0 5.8 -1.2 2,813,833

Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA

7.9 6.7 -1.2 1,796,857

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

5.5 4.3 -1.2 1,711,703

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

6.9 5.8 -1.1 18,323,002

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

8.3 7.2 -1.1 12,365,627

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

5.7 4.6 -1.1 5,161,544

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

4.1 3.0 -1.1 2,968,806

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

6.3 5.2 -1.1 1,735,819

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

8.7 7.6 -1.1 1,205,204

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

6.0 5.0 -1.0 4,123,740

St. Louis, MO-IL

6.6 5.6 -1.0 2,698,687

Oklahoma City, OK

4.9 3.9 -1.0 1,095,421

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

6.3 5.5 -0.8 5,007,564

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

6.2 5.4 -0.8 1,525,104

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

4.7 3.9 -0.8 1,249,763

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

6.6 5.8 -0.8 1,170,111

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan NECTA

7.0 6.2 -0.8 1,059,878

Rochester, NY

6.2 5.4 -0.8 1,037,831

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

6.5 5.8 -0.7 2,395,997

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

6.0 5.3 -0.7 1,644,561

Baltimore-Towson, MD

6.1 5.5 -0.6 2,552,994

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

5.6 5.0 -0.6 1,576,370

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

5.7 5.1 -0.6 1,311,789

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

7.0 6.5 -0.5 4,247,981

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.6 5.1 -0.5 3,043,878

Kansas City, MO-KS

5.5 5.0 -0.5 1,836,038

Jacksonville, FL

6.0 5.5 -0.5 1,122,750

Richmond, VA

5.3 4.8 -0.5 1,096,957

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

4.9 4.5 -0.4 4,796,183

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ

6.2 5.9 -0.3 3,251,876

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.4 6.2 -0.2 1,927,881

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

5.0 4.8 -0.2 1,052,238

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

5.0 6.4 1.4 1,316,510
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary

Over the same period, Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (−2.2 percentage points); Columbus, Ohio (−2.2 points); and Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island-Massachusetts (−2.2 points) each had the second-highest unemployment rate decrease, followed by Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado (−2.0 points), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (−1.9 points).

In November 2014, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, had the highest unemployment rate, 8.0 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin, had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas, 3.0 percent.

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 — November 2014" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in areas with a population of 1 million or more, November 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/unemployment-in-areas-with-a-population-of-1-million-or-more-november-2014.htm (visited September 19, 2019).

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