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For the year ended May 2016, 311 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 70 had decreases, and 6 had no change. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in St. George, Utah (+7.1 percent), followed by Madera, California, and State College, Pennsylvania. (+6.7 percent each). The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+154,500), New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+143,800), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+125,300).
For the year ended May 2016, the largest percentage decreases in employment occurred in Casper, Wyoming (-6.6 percent), Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. (-4.6 percent), and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (-3.9 percent). The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana. (-8,100), Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. (-4,500), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (-4,200).
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 — May 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment increases in 80 percent of metropolitan areas over the year ended May 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/nonfarm-employment-increases-in-80-percent-of-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ended-may-2016.htm (visited March 31, 2023).