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Employment increased in 280 metropolitan areas over the 12 months ending in December 2015

February 05, 2016

From December 2014 to December 2015, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 280 metropolitan areas, decreased in 94 areas, and was unchanged in 13 areas. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+156,400); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+135,100); and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+98,900). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Idaho Falls, Idaho (+4.5 percent), followed by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (+4.4 percent each).

Percentage change in metropolitan area employment, December 2014–December 2015

Bubble size indicates size of change. Blue means positive change; red means negative change.
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana (–5,500); Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Illinois (–4,500); and Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (–3,600). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (–7.0 percent); Cape Girardeau, Missouri-Illiniois (–3.8 percent); and Williamsport, Pennsylvania (–3.7 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — December 2015” (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment increased in 280 metropolitan areas over the 12 months ending in December 2015 at (visited July 22, 2024).

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