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Unemployment rate down in 48 large metro areas for year ending October 2015

December 10, 2015

For the year ending October 2015, the unemployment rate declined in 48 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. Among those areas, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, had the largest rate decrease over the year (−1.8 percentage points), followed by Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan (−1.6 points), and Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island (−1.6 points).

Change in unemployment rates, selected large metropolitan areas, October 2014–October 2015
Metropolitan area Oct 2014 Oct 2015(p) Over-the-year change

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

7.3 5.5 -1.8 percentage point(s)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

7.9 6.3 -1.6

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

6.3 4.7 -1.6

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

5.4 4.0 -1.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

6.1 4.8 -1.3

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

5.9 4.6 -1.3

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

7.7 6.4 -1.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

6.5 5.4 -1.1

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.3 4.2 -1.1

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

7.2 6.1 -1.1

Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA

6.6 5.5 -1.1

Jacksonville, FL

5.8 4.8 -1.0

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.8 3.8 -1.0

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

5.2 4.2 -1.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.0 5.0 -1.0

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

6.0 5.0 -1.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.0 4.0 -1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

6.0 5.1 -0.9

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

5.5 4.6 -0.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

4.9 4.0 -0.9

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.7 4.8 -0.9

Pittsburgh, PA

4.6 4.6 0.0

Raleigh, NC

4.4 4.7 0.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.4 4.8 0.4
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

Large areas with unemployment rate increases from October 2014 to October 2015 were Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (0.4 percentage point), and Raleigh, North Carolina (0.3 point). The unemployment rate for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was unchanged over the year.

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 — October 2015” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate down in 48 large metro areas for year ending October 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/unemployment-rate-down-in-48-largest-metro-areas-for-year-ending-october-2015.htm (visited July 29, 2021).

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