Comparing metro area unemployment rates to the national rate of 4.8 percent in November 2015
January 07, 2016
In November 2015, a total of 187 areas had jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.8 percent, 184 areas had rates below it, and 16 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ames, Iowa, and Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota, had the lowest unemployment rates in November, 1.9 percent each. El Centro, California (20.4 percent) and Yuma, Arizona (20.0 percent), had the highest unemployment rates.
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin, had the lowest unemployment rate in November (2.7 percent). Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, had the highest rate among the large areas (6.3 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 2015” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Comparing metro area unemployment rates to the national rate of 4.8 percent in November 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/comparing-metro-area-unemployment-rates-to-the-national-rate-in-november-2015.htm (visited January 25, 2021).
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