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Nonfarm employment increased in 327 metro areas over year ending April 2016

June 08, 2016

From April 2015 to April 2016, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 327 metropolitan areas, decreased in 54 areas, and was unchanged in 6 areas. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+173,900), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+155,000), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+130,600). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Madera, California (+7.7 percent), followed by St. George, Utah (+7.0 percent), and Bend-Redmond, Oregon (+6.3 percent).

Over-the-year change in metropolitan area employment, April 2015–April 2016

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The largest decreases in employment for the year ending April 2016 occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana (–7,700), Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (–4,600), and Odessa, Texas (–3,800). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Casper, Wyoming (–6.6 percent), Odessa, Texas (–5.0 percent), and Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (–4.7 percent).

Nonfarm employment rose over the year in 49 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more and fell in 2 areas: New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana, and Rochester, New York (–0.4 percent each). The largest over-the- year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (+4.5 percent), followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (+4.1 percent), and Austin-Round Rock, Texas (+4.0 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 — April 2016” (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment increased in 327 metro areas over year ending April 2016 at (visited May 25, 2024).

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