Employment up in 49 of the 51 largest metro areas, December 2015 to December 2016

February 13, 2017

From December 2015 to December 2016, nonfarm employment rose in 49 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, and fell in Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin (−0.5 percent), and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia-North Carolina (−0.4 percent).

12-month employment percent change for large metropolitan areas, December 2016
Metropolitan area Over-the-year percent change December 2015 employment December 2016 employment Over-the-year net change

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

4.2% 1,190,600 1,240,900 50,300

Salt Lake City, UT

3.4 690,500 714,200 23,700

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.4 1,068,700 1,104,700 36,000

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

3.4 1,922,200 1,986,800 64,600

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.3 3,483,600 3,597,100 113,500

Jacksonville, FL

3.3 666,700 688,800 22,100

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.2 1,415,500 1,460,300 44,800

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

3.2 929,200 958,500 29,300

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2.9 1,389,900 1,430,700 40,800

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2.7 2,643,800 2,714,600 70,800

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

2.7 928,000 952,800 24,800

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.6 940,400 964,700 24,300

St. Louis, MO-IL

2.5 1,358,500 1,392,100 33,600

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.4 2,572,700 2,633,500 60,800

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

2.2 1,135,200 1,160,300 25,100

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

2.2 995,200 1,017,000 21,800

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.2 1,282,400 1,310,800 28,400

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

2.1 3,222,200 3,288,800 66,600

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

2.0 2,681,100 2,734,300 53,200

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.0 1,072,300 1,094,000 21,700

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

2.0 1,412,400 1,441,300 28,900

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.0 2,313,100 2,359,700 46,600

Austin-Round Rock, TX

1.9 984,600 1,003,400 18,800

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

1.9 1,038,100 1,057,800 19,700

Columbus, OH

1.8 1,060,600 1,079,800 19,200

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.8 661,600 673,700 12,100

Raleigh, NC

1.8 598,000 608,900 10,900

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

1.7 1,130,100 1,149,000 18,900

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

1.7 1,964,400 1,997,700 33,300

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1.6 1,385,300 1,407,500 22,200

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

1.5 5,952,500 6,042,500 90,000

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.4 1,946,600 1,974,000 27,400

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

1.4 2,879,200 2,920,500 41,300

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

1.4 1,984,700 2,012,200 27,500

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

1.3 561,600 568,700 7,100

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

1.3 9,537,100 9,657,700 120,600

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1.0 1,058,100 1,069,000 10,900

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.0 1,051,500 1,062,000 10,500

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

0.8 520,600 524,800 4,200

Rochester, NY

0.8 530,400 534,800 4,400

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

0.7 4,640,600 4,672,800 32,200

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0.7 576,700 580,500 3,800

Richmond, VA

0.7 670,500 675,000 4,500

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

0.6 576,100 579,300 3,200

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.6 641,600 645,600 4,000

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

0.5 3,021,300 3,036,100 14,800

Pittsburgh, PA

0.4 1,169,000 1,173,400 4,400

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

0.4 583,100 585,400 2,300

Oklahoma City, OK

0.1 635,500 636,000 500

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.4 772,000 769,200 -2,800

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-0.5 860,300 855,600 -4,700

The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (+4.2 percent), followed by Salt Lake City, Utah; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington (+3.4 percent each).

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 — December 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up in 49 of the 51 largest metro areas, December 2015 to December 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/employment-up-in-49-of-the-51-largest-metro-areas-december-2015-to-december-2016.htm (visited June 22, 2017).

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