Salt Lake City had lowest unemployment rate among large metropolitan areas in January 2017

March 27, 2017

In January 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah, had an unemployment rate of 3.0 percent, the lowest among metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, followed by Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado (3.1 percent). From January 2016 to January 2017, unemployment in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, fell 1.4 percentage points, the largest percentage-point decline in unemployment among large metropolitan areas over this period.

Unemployment rates for large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, January 2017
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate (percentage of labor force)
January 2016 January 2017(p)

Salt Lake City, UT

3.6 3.0

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.5 3.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

4.3 3.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.2 3.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.9 3.7

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

4.0 3.8

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

4.1 3.9

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.7 3.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.9 4.0

Oklahoma City, OK

4.1 4.1

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

4.9 4.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

4.7 4.2

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

4.5 4.2

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

4.0 4.2

Richmond, VA

4.3 4.3

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

3.7 4.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.0 4.4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.9 4.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

4.8 4.5

Kansas City, MO-KS

4.3 4.5

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

5.1 4.6

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

4.9 4.6

St. Louis, MO-IL

4.9 4.6

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.8 4.7

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

4.8 4.7

Raleigh, NC

4.6 4.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

5.3 4.8

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

5.2 4.8

Columbus, OH

4.6 4.8

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

4.8 4.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

5.0 5.0

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

6.5 5.1

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

5.0 5.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

5.0 5.1

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

4.8 5.1

Rochester, NY

5.2 5.2

Jacksonville, FL

4.9 5.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

5.6 5.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

5.2 5.3

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

6.4 5.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

6.1 5.4

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

5.9 5.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

5.9 5.6

Pittsburgh, PA

6.0 5.7

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

5.6 5.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.9 5.8

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

6.6 6.0

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

5.3 6.0

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

5.8 6.2

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

5.4 6.2

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.1 6.6
Footnotes:

(p)Preliminary.

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, experienced an over-the-year unemployment rate increase of 1.5 percentage points, the largest percentage-point increase in unemployment among large metropolitan areas. Cleveland-Elyria also had the highest unemployment rate in January 2017 at 6.6 percent, followed by Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama, and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan (both 6.2 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 — January 2017" (HTML) (PDF) to learn more.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Salt Lake City had lowest unemployment rate among large metropolitan areas in January 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/salt-lake-city-had-lowest-unemployment-rate-among-large-metropolitan-areas-in-january-2017.htm (visited May 25, 2017).

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