12-month employment growth 3.0 percent or higher in 6 large metropolitan areas, August 2017

October 03, 2017

From August 2016 to August 2017, nonfarm employment rose in 48 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of at least 1 million. Nonfarm employment fell over the year in 3 of these areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina (3.5 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (3.3 percent), and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (3.2 percent each).

Over-the-year percentage change in nonfarm employment, metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, August 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Over-the-year percent change Over-the-year change in employment Employment, August 2017

Raleigh, NC

3.5 21,100 626,400

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.3 40,000 1,250,400

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

3.2 86,400 2,761,700

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

3.2 30,300 979,900

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

3.1 39,600 1,336,500

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

3.0 28,700 983,200

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.8 29,900 1,114,500

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.8 96,700 3,612,900

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.7 52,400 2,017,300

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.6 30,200 1,178,900

Jacksonville, FL

2.5 16,900 688,600

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

2.5 29,100 1,173,500

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2.5 34,100 1,425,900

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.4 61,900 2,635,500

Richmond, VA

2.4 16,200 680,300

Salt Lake City, UT

2.4 16,800 718,800

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

2.3 63,400 2,774,000

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

2.3 44,900 2,019,700

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

2.3 44,800 2,023,300

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

2.3 23,000 1,041,600

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.1 21,100 1,018,900

Columbus, OH

2.1 22,300 1,091,500

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

2.1 67,600 3,294,900

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.0 28,400 1,474,800

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

1.8 53,500 3,037,800

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

1.8 19,200 1,072,700

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.8 12,100 676,200

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

1.8 51,500 2,904,300

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

1.8 34,900 1,996,600

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

1.8 10,700 593,200

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1.7 16,000 970,100

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

1.7 40,700 2,392,200

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.6 17,200 1,086,700

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

1.5 9,500 646,700

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

1.5 145,900 9,662,800

Oklahoma City, OK

1.5 9,200 633,800

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1.4 19,100 1,415,300

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1.3 19,200 1,444,200

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.1 15,500 1,376,900

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

1.0 5,400 526,800

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

1.0 11,000 1,087,900

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.9 9,700 1,074,400

Pittsburgh, PA

0.9 10,300 1,169,700

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

0.6 3,200 566,200

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

0.6 38,100 5,977,900

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

0.5 24,700 4,709,800

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0.3 1,600 575,100

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.2 1,100 561,400

Rochester, NY

-0.3 -1,500 525,200

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-0.4 -3,100 866,600

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.6 -4,500 774,900

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee were the only other large metropolitan areas with 12-month employment increases of 3.0 percent or higher.

Among the metropolitan areas with employment increases of 3.0 percent or higher, the change in the number of people employed ranged from 21,100 in Raleigh to 86,400 in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell

The largest increases in employment over the year ending in August 2017 occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennnsylvania (145,900 or 1.5 percent), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (96,700 or 2.8 percent), and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia (86,400, 3.2 percent).

Over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia-North Carolina (−0.6 percent), Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin (−0.4 percent), and Rochester, New York (−0.3 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 — August 2017" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 12-month employment growth 3.0 percent or higher in 6 large metropolitan areas, August 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/12-month-employment-growth-3-0-percent-or-higher-in-6-large-metropolitan-areas-august-2017.htm (visited May 21, 2019).

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