Highest percentage gains in employment in Ann Arbor, St. George, and Prescott

November 15, 2016

From September 2015 to September 2016, the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan (+6.6 percent), followed by St. George, Utah (+6.3 percent), and Prescott, Arizona (+6.1 percent). In Ann Arbor, the increase in the number of people employed was 13,900. The employment increase in St. George was 3,700 and in Prescott, 3,800. Increases of over 5.0 percent also occurred in Madera, California; Ithaca, New York; Bend-Redmond, Oregon; and Cleveland, Tennessee.

Over-the-year change in nonfarm employment for metropolitan areas, September 2016
Metropolitan area Change in number of people employed Percentage change in employment

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

500 1.1

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2,100 3.4

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

5,300 1.0

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

2,100 3.0

Decatur, AL

500 0.9

Dothan, AL

0 0.0

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

400 0.7

Gadsden, AL

-100 -0.3

Huntsville, AL

2,400 1.1

Mobile, AL

1,600 0.9

Montgomery, AL

2,400 1.4

Tuscaloosa, AL

2,000 1.9

Anchorage, AK

-1,700 -0.9

Fairbanks, AK

-400 -1.0

Flagstaff, AZ

600 0.9

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-100 -0.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

47,600 2.5

Prescott, AZ

3,800 6.1

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

100 0.3

Tucson, AZ

7,600 2.1

Yuma, AZ

1,100 2.1

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4,800 2.0

Fort Smith, AR-OK

200 0.2

Hot Springs, AR

700 1.9

Jonesboro, AR

1,900 3.4

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

2,300 0.7

Pine Bluff, AR

-600 -1.8

Bakersfield, CA

4,200 1.6

Chico, CA

2,300 3.0

El Centro, CA

2,200 4.3

Fresno, CA

8,400 2.6

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-900 -2.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

113,600 1.9

Madera, CA

2,200 6.0

Merced, CA

1,000 1.5

Modesto, CA

4,700 2.8

Napa, CA

2,100 2.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3,500 1.2

Redding, CA

0 0.0

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

31,400 2.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

27,000 2.9

Salinas, CA

-900 -0.7

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

30,900 2.2

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

59,700 2.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

38,100 3.6

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

2,900 2.6

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

2,600 2.7

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

3,900 2.2

Santa Rosa, CA

4,900 2.5

Stockton-Lodi, CA

3,800 1.7

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

3,400 2.5

Visalia-Porterville, CA

2,400 2.0

Yuba City, CA

-400 -1.0

Boulder, CO

5,300 2.9

Colorado Springs, CO

3,800 1.4

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

46,500 3.3

Fort Collins, CO

4,700 3.0

Grand Junction, CO

700 1.1

Greeley, CO

3,100 3.1

Pueblo, CO

1,400 2.3

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

6,100 1.5

Danbury, CT NECTA

900 1.2

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

4,500 0.8

New Haven, CT NECTA

1,800 0.6

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

-700 -0.5

Waterbury, CT NECTA

600 0.9

Dover, DE

2,000 2.9

Salisbury, MD-DE

5,500 3.4

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

76,100 2.4

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

8,100 3.3

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

1,100 1.0

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

9,100 4.8

Gainesville, FL

2,000 1.5

Homosassa Springs, FL

300 0.9

Jacksonville, FL

30,200 4.6

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3,000 1.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

61,800 2.5

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

4,200 3.2

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

7,100 2.5

Ocala, FL

1,500 1.5

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

55,200 4.7

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

4,000 2.0

Panama City, FL

800 1.0

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

3,600 2.1

Port St. Lucie, FL

3,300 2.4

Punta Gorda, FL

1,400 3.1

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

1,100 2.3

Sebring, FL

800 3.3

Tallahassee, FL

2,800 1.6

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

30,800 2.5

The Villages, FL

900 3.4

Albany, GA

1,700 2.8

Athens-Clarke County, GA

3,700 4.0

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

74,800 2.9

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

1,700 0.7

Brunswick, GA

900 2.1

Columbus, GA-AL

2,000 1.7

Dalton, GA

-100 -0.1

Gainesville, GA

1,800 2.1

Hinesville, GA

0 0.0

Macon, GA

1,700 1.7

Rome, GA

800 2.0

Savannah, GA

6,800 3.9

Valdosta, GA

700 1.3

Warner Robins, GA

0 0.0

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

1,900 2.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

12,000 2.6

Boise City, ID

10,100 3.4

Coeur d'Alene, ID

2,600 4.3

Idaho Falls, ID

500 0.8

Lewiston, ID-WA

1,100 3.9

Pocatello, ID

300 0.8

Bloomington, IL

-2,300 -2.4

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-2,000 -3.4

Champaign-Urbana, IL

1,700 1.5

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

55,500 1.2

Danville, IL

-200 -0.7

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-4,300 -2.3

Decatur, IL

-500 -1.0

Kankakee, IL

100 0.2

Peoria, IL

-2,300 -1.3

Rockford, IL

2,600 1.7

Springfield, IL

1,100 1.0

Bloomington, IN

-800 -1.0

Columbus, IN

1,100 2.1

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-2,300 -1.8

Evansville, IN-KY

-1,300 -0.8

Fort Wayne, IN

5,100 2.3

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

23,800 2.3

Kokomo, IN

300 0.7

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

2,800 2.7

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-600 -1.4

Muncie, IN

-400 -0.8

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

400 0.3

Terre Haute, IN

700 1.0

Ames, IA

600 1.1

Cedar Rapids, IA

1,700 1.2

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

4,400 1.3

Dubuque, IA

500 0.8

Iowa City, IA

2,300 2.3

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-1,500 -1.7

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-700 -0.8

Lawrence, KS

300 0.6

Manhattan, KS

-700 -1.5

Topeka, KS

-300 -0.3

Wichita, KS

2,900 1.0

Bowling Green, KY

1,400 1.9

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

1,900 3.4

Lexington-Fayette, KY

1,100 0.4

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

14,500 2.2

Owensboro, KY

1,500 2.8

Alexandria, LA

-100 -0.2

Baton Rouge, LA

9,600 2.4

Hammond, LA

400 0.9

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-3,400 -3.5

Lafayette, LA

-7,200 -3.4

Lake Charles, LA

3,100 3.0

Monroe, LA

600 0.8

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0 0.0

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-900 -0.5

Bangor, ME NECTA

200 0.3

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

1,100 2.2

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

3,200 1.6

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

29,200 2.1

California-Lexington Park, MD

400 0.9

Cumberland, MD-WV

0 0.0

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

600 0.6

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

1,200 1.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

49,600 1.9

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

900 1.8

New Bedford, MA NECTA

100 0.1

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

900 2.1

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

5,700 1.7

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

6,100 2.2

Ann Arbor, MI

13,900 6.6

Battle Creek, MI

700 1.2

Bay City, MI

-200 -0.5

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

39,600 2.0

Flint, MI

2,300 1.7

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

11,500 2.2

Jackson, MI

-1,500 -2.7

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

5,700 4.0

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

5,200 2.3

Midland, MI

200 0.5

Monroe, MI

700 1.6

Muskegon, MI

2,500 3.9

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

1,400 2.2

Saginaw, MI

2,600 2.9

Duluth, MN-WI

500 0.4

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-200 -0.4

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

38,100 2.0

Rochester, MN

4,100 3.5

St. Cloud, MN

2,900 2.7

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-800 -0.5

Hattiesburg, MS

1,200 1.9

Jackson, MS

2,300 0.8

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-100 -0.2

Columbia, MO

2,200 2.2

Jefferson City, MO

500 0.7

Joplin, MO

-1,000 -1.2

Kansas City, MO-KS

10,100 1.0

Springfield, MO

4,800 2.3

St. Joseph, MO-KS

400 0.6

St. Louis, MO-IL

35,200 2.6

Billings, MT

1,000 1.2

Great Falls, MT

200 0.6

Missoula, MT

800 1.3

Grand Island, NE

200 0.5

Lincoln, NE

2,200 1.2

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

6,000 1.2

Carson City, NV

100 0.4

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

20,900 2.3

Reno, NV

9,800 4.6

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

300 0.6

Manchester, NH NECTA

4,700 4.3

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

1,100 1.2

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-700 -0.5

Ocean City, NJ

1,500 3.0

Trenton, NJ

4,700 1.8

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

200 0.3

Albuquerque, NM

3,600 0.9

Farmington, NM

200 0.4

Las Cruces, NM

600 0.8

Santa Fe, NM

400 0.6

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-300 -0.1

Binghamton, NY

-1,400 -1.4

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

1,700 0.3

Elmira, NY

-800 -2.1

Glens Falls, NY

-700 -1.2

Ithaca, NY

4,100 5.9

Kingston, NY

1,600 2.6

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

169,400 1.8

Rochester, NY

1,100 0.2

Syracuse, NY

-200 -0.1

Utica-Rome, NY

-1,100 -0.9

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

600 1.4

Asheville, NC

4,300 2.3

Burlington, NC

700 1.2

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

22,400 2.0

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

8,300 2.8

Fayetteville, NC

2,700 2.1

Goldsboro, NC

300 0.7

Greensboro-High Point, NC

5,800 1.6

Greenville, NC

200 0.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-600 -0.4

Jacksonville, NC

300 0.6

New Bern, NC

600 1.4

Raleigh, NC

12,200 2.1

Rocky Mount, NC

0 0.0

Wilmington, NC

1,800 1.5

Winston-Salem, NC

2,500 1.0

Bismarck, ND

400 0.5

Fargo, ND-MN

1,700 1.2

Grand Forks, ND-MN

100 0.2

Akron, OH

5,900 1.7

Canton-Massillon, OH

1,500 0.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

17,000 1.6

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

15,800 1.5

Columbus, OH

17,000 1.6

Dayton, OH

8,500 2.2

Lima, OH

1,700 3.2

Mansfield, OH

-700 -1.3

Springfield, OH

300 0.6

Toledo, OH

5,700 1.9

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

300 0.7

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-600 -0.3

Lawton, OK

400 0.9

Oklahoma City, OK

300 0.0

Tulsa, OK

-500 -0.1

Albany, OR

1,400 3.4

Bend-Redmond, OR

4,400 5.8

Corvallis, OR

-100 -0.3

Eugene, OR

2,700 1.8

Grants Pass, OR

400 1.6

Medford, OR

2,200 2.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

30,000 2.7

Salem, OR

4,600 2.9

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-1,600 -0.4

Altoona, PA

600 1.0

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

400 0.9

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

2,500 4.2

East Stroudsburg, PA

900 1.6

Erie, PA

-800 -0.6

Gettysburg, PA

700 2.1

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

1,000 0.3

Johnstown, PA

-1,100 -1.9

Lancaster, PA

900 0.4

Lebanon, PA

300 0.6

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

48,800 1.7

Pittsburgh, PA

-2,400 -0.2

Reading, PA

1,700 1.0

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-600 -0.2

State College, PA

1,400 1.8

Williamsport, PA

-1,800 -3.2

York-Hanover, PA

2,500 1.4

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

7,700 1.3

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

11,400 3.4

Columbia, SC

9,300 2.4

Florence, SC

300 0.3

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

5,300 1.3

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

2,500 3.3

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

3,500 2.2

Spartanburg, SC

3,100 2.2

Sumter, SC

200 0.5

Rapid City, SD

1,300 1.9

Sioux Falls, SD

6,000 4.0

Chattanooga, TN-GA

2,300 0.9

Clarksville, TN-KY

1,500 1.7

Cleveland, TN

2,400 5.2

Jackson, TN

700 1.0

Johnson City, TN

900 1.1

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

700 0.6

Knoxville, TN

7,300 1.9

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3,400 0.5

Morristown, TN

1,300 2.9

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

25,300 2.7

Abilene, TX

1,100 1.6

Amarillo, TX

1,000 0.8

Austin-Round Rock, TX

28,600 3.0

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

1,300 0.8

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

3,600 2.6

College Station-Bryan, TX

4,200 3.8

Corpus Christi, TX

2,500 1.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

122,300 3.6

El Paso, TX

7,800 2.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

20,100 0.7

Killeen-Temple, TX

1,900 1.4

Laredo, TX

2,900 2.9

Longview, TX

500 0.5

Lubbock, TX

2,500 1.8

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

8,200 3.3

Midland, TX

-200 -0.2

Odessa, TX

-1,000 -1.4

San Angelo, TX

1,500 3.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

21,100 2.1

Sherman-Denison, TX

800 1.7

Texarkana, TX-AR

-200 -0.3

Tyler, TX

1,600 1.6

Victoria, TX

900 2.0

Waco, TX

2,500 2.2

Wichita Falls, TX

100 0.2

Logan, UT-ID

1,600 2.7

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

10,100 4.2

Provo-Orem, UT

6,500 2.8

Salt Lake City, UT

20,600 3.0

St. George, UT

3,700 6.3

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

1,700 1.4

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

200 0.3

Charlottesville, VA

3,400 3.0

Harrisonburg, VA

100 0.2

Lynchburg, VA

-800 -0.8

Richmond, VA

19,200 2.9

Roanoke, VA

1,400 0.9

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-700 -1.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

3,300 0.4

Winchester, VA-WV

1,900 3.1

Bellingham, WA

1,700 2.0

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

1,000 1.1

Kennewick-Richland, WA

3,100 2.9

Longview, WA

1,800 4.6

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

1,500 3.1

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

1,900 1.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

66,100 3.5

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

8,700 3.7

Walla Walla, WA

100 0.4

Wenatchee, WA

300 0.7

Yakima, WA

1,200 1.4

Beckley, WV

-500 -1.1

Charleston, WV

-1,100 -0.9

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

1,000 0.7

Morgantown, WV

1,100 1.5

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-700 -1.7

Wheeling, WV-OH

-700 -1.0

Appleton, WI

1,200 1.0

Eau Claire, WI

900 1.0

Fond du Lac, WI

-100 -0.2

Green Bay, WI

2,200 1.3

Janesville-Beloit, WI

2,900 4.3

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

1,400 1.8

Madison, WI

4,500 1.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

4,300 0.5

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

100 0.1

Racine, WI

400 0.5

Sheboygan, WI

1,100 1.8

Wausau, WI

900 1.3

Casper, WY

-2,200 -5.3

Cheyenne, WY

-1,200 -2.5

Note: Data are preliminary.

The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+169,400), Dallas-Fort
Worth-Arlington, Texas (+122,300), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+113,600). In Dallas, employment increased 3.6 percent from September 2015 to September 2016. In New York and Los Angeles, the percentage changes were 1.8 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively.

In September 2016, there were 315 metropolitan areas that had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, while 65 had decreases, and 7 had no change.

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 — September 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Highest percentage gains in employment in Ann Arbor, St. George, and Prescott on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/highest-percentage-gains-in-employment-in-ann-arbor-st-george-and-prescott.htm (visited January 21, 2019).

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