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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro had largest unemployment rate decrease for year ended April 2017

June 08, 2017

From April 2016 to April 2017, among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 39 had unemployment rate decreases, 8 had increases, and 4 had no change. The largest unemployment rate decrease occurred in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (−1.7 percentage points) and Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana (−1.6 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland, Texas (0.5 percentage point).

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more
Metropolitan area Change in unemployment rate(p) Apr 2016 Apr 2017(p)

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-1.7 percentage point(s) 5.9% 4.2%

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-1.6 4.1% 2.5%

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-1.2 3.3% 2.1%

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-1.2 6.0% 4.8%

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.2 4.4% 3.2%

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-1.2 4.6% 3.4%

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-1.0 5.7% 4.7%

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.9 5.0% 4.1%

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.8 5.5% 4.7%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.8 4.7% 3.9%

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-0.8 5.0% 4.2%

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.8 4.6% 3.8%

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.8 4.2% 3.4%

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

-0.7 4.6% 3.9%

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.7 4.3% 3.6%

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.7 5.1% 4.4%

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-0.6 4.6% 4.0%

Jacksonville, FL

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.6 4.5% 3.9%

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.6 5.4% 4.8%

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.6 3.7% 3.1%

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.6 3.8% 3.2%

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.5 4.5% 4.0%

Columbus, OH

-0.5 3.9% 3.4%

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-0.5 4.7% 4.2%

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

-0.5 4.9% 4.4%

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.4 4.1% 3.7%

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.4 4.0% 3.6%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.4 4.8% 4.4%

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-0.4 3.3% 2.9%

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.4 3.9% 3.5%

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.3 4.8% 4.5%

Raleigh, NC

-0.3 4.0% 3.7%

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.3 4.3% 4.0%

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.2 3.3% 3.1%

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.1 4.0% 3.9%

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

-0.1 3.5% 3.4%

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.0 4.1% 4.1%

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

0.0 3.4% 3.4%

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

0.0 3.3% 3.3%

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0.0 5.1% 5.1%

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.1 4.9% 5.0%

Richmond, VA

0.1 3.7% 3.8%

Rochester, NY

0.1 4.5% 4.6%

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

0.2 3.6% 3.8%

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

0.2 3.4% 3.6%

Austin-Round Rock, TX

0.3 2.9% 3.2%

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.4 5.0% 5.4%

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

0.5 4.8% 5.3%
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado, had the lowest unemployment rate in April 2017 (2.6 percent). Cleveland-Elyira, Ohio, had the highest jobless rate at 5.4 percent.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 2017" (HTML) (PDF) to learn more.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro had largest unemployment rate decrease for year ended April 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/chicago-naperville-elgin-metro-had-largest-unemployment-rate-decrease-for-year-ended-april-2017.htm (visited November 21, 2019).

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