Unemployment rates lower in March 2017 than a year earlier in 336 metro areas

May 12, 2017

Unemployment rates were lower in March 2017 than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 38 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas.

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, March 2016 to March 2017
Metropolitan areaOver-the-year changeMarch 2016 rateMarch 2017 rate

Ocean City, NJ

-2.814.9%12.1%

Grand Junction, CO

-2.76.53.8

Beckley, WV

-2.28.56.3

Kokomo, IN

-2.26.24.0

El Centro, CA

-2.021.219.2

Grants Pass, OR

-2.07.45.4

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-2.07.15.1

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

-2.08.66.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-1.86.34.5

Pueblo, CO

-1.85.53.7

Wheeling, WV-OH

-1.88.56.7

Carson City, NV

-1.76.95.2

Grand Island, NE

-1.75.03.3

Greeley, CO

-1.74.12.4

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-1.78.97.2

Albany, OR

-1.66.34.7

Casper, WY

-1.67.76.1

Colorado Springs, CO

-1.64.42.8

Terre Haute, IN

-1.66.34.7

Yuma, AZ

-1.614.412.8

Danville, IL

-1.57.96.4

Medford, OR

-1.56.44.9

Reno, NV

-1.55.74.2

Decatur, IL

-1.47.15.7

Kankakee, IL

-1.47.35.9

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-1.36.35.0

Florence, SC

-1.35.84.5

Fort Collins, CO

-1.33.42.1

Fort Wayne, IN

-1.34.93.6

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-1.37.15.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-1.36.14.8

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-1.28.37.1

Bend-Redmond, OR

-1.25.54.3

Bloomington, IL

-1.25.54.3

Charleston, WV

-1.26.55.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-1.26.04.8

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-1.23.62.4

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-1.24.73.5

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-1.27.36.1

Racine, WI

-1.25.74.5

Redding, CA

-1.28.27.0

Salem, OR

-1.25.54.3

Williamsport, PA

-1.27.66.4

Bloomington, IN

-1.15.24.1

Boulder, CO

-1.13.12.0

Columbus, IN

-1.14.02.9

Duluth, MN-WI

-1.17.05.9

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-1.13.92.8

Eugene, OR

-1.15.44.3

Fond du Lac, WI

-1.14.13.0

Modesto, CA

-1.19.98.8

Muncie, IN

-1.15.84.7

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

-1.16.25.1

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

-1.16.15.0

Peoria, IL

-1.17.16.0

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-1.15.94.8

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-1.14.83.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-1.16.55.4

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-1.15.14.0

Spartanburg, SC

-1.15.03.9

Springfield, IL

-1.15.54.4

Sumter, SC

-1.16.04.9

Wenatchee, WA

-1.17.76.6

Bangor, ME

-1.04.43.4

Bellingham, WA

-1.06.45.4

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

-1.04.43.4

Eau Claire, WI

-1.04.63.6

Hattiesburg, MS

-1.05.04.0

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-1.04.53.5

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

-1.04.23.2

Longview, WA

-1.07.76.7

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.04.73.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-1.04.93.9

St. Louis, MO-IL

-1.05.04.0

Wausau, WI

-1.04.33.3

Yuba City, CA

-1.011.410.4

Barnstable Town, MA

-0.96.65.7

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-0.95.44.5

Columbia, SC

-0.94.73.8

Decatur, AL

-0.96.05.1

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.94.63.7

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-0.96.65.7

Green Bay, WI

-0.94.43.5

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

-0.94.63.7

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-0.95.74.8

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

-0.94.83.9

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-0.97.56.6

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-0.94.43.5

Madera, CA

-0.910.910.0

Morgantown, WV

-0.95.14.2

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

-0.95.04.1

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.94.03.1

Salinas, CA

-0.911.010.1

Sebring, FL

-0.96.35.4

Sheboygan, WI

-0.93.93.0

The Villages, FL

-0.97.06.1

Trenton, NJ

-0.94.63.7

Yakima, WA

-0.99.28.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-0.86.86.0

Appleton, WI

-0.84.03.2

Chico, CA

-0.87.46.6

Corvallis, OR

-0.83.93.1

Dalton, GA

-0.86.65.8

Dothan, AL

-0.86.05.2

Erie, PA

-0.87.06.2

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.85.95.1

Jackson, MS

-0.84.73.9

Johnstown, PA

-0.87.36.5

Lafayette, LA

-0.87.16.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.85.04.2

Madison, WI

-0.83.42.6

Merced, CA

-0.813.012.2

Muskegon, MI

-0.85.74.9

New Bedford, MA

-0.86.96.1

Odessa, TX

-0.86.45.6

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-0.86.15.3

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-0.85.34.5

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-0.89.18.3

Waterbury, CT

-0.87.36.5

Albany, GA

-0.76.45.7

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.75.54.8

Bakersfield, CA

-0.712.211.5

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

-0.75.75.0

Brunswick, GA

-0.75.75.0

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-0.75.85.1

Columbia, MO

-0.73.42.7

Columbus, GA-AL

-0.76.55.8

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-0.75.54.8

Elmira, NY

-0.76.25.5

Fresno, CA

-0.711.010.3

Glens Falls, NY

-0.76.15.4

Great Falls, MT

-0.74.53.8

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-0.711.911.2

Homosassa Springs, FL

-0.76.65.9

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-0.76.76.0

Jackson, MI

-0.75.14.4

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-0.75.14.4

Lake Charles, LA

-0.74.84.1

Lawton, OK

-0.74.84.1

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-0.75.95.2

New Haven, CT

-0.75.85.1

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

-0.75.34.6

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.76.15.4

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

-0.73.32.6

Prescott, AZ

-0.75.14.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-0.76.05.3

St. George, UT

-0.74.23.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.74.94.2

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-0.74.53.8

Santa Rosa, CA

-0.74.33.6

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-0.75.64.9

Springfield, MO

-0.74.33.6

Springfield, OH

-0.75.64.9

Topeka, KS

-0.74.33.6

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-0.75.95.2

Walla Walla, WA

-0.76.25.5

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.74.63.9

Bay City, MI

-0.66.15.5

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.65.65.0

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-0.64.84.2

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.64.13.5

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-0.65.34.7

Cheyenne, WY

-0.64.64.0

Danbury, CT

-0.65.04.4

Dubuque, IA

-0.64.13.5

Enid, OK

-0.64.33.7

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.64.74.1

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-0.63.73.1

Hammond, LA

-0.66.66.0

Jefferson City, MO

-0.64.03.4

Joplin, MO

-0.64.33.7

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-0.64.64.0

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-0.65.44.8

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

-0.65.34.7

Logan, UT-ID

-0.63.52.9

Midland, MI

-0.65.24.6

Napa, CA

-0.64.74.1

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-0.65.54.9

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-0.65.24.6

Ocala, FL

-0.65.75.1

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-0.65.24.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.64.74.1

Port St. Lucie, FL

-0.65.14.5

Punta Gorda, FL

-0.65.24.6

Rome, GA

-0.65.95.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.65.65.0

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-0.69.18.5

Savannah, GA

-0.65.14.5

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

-0.67.16.5

Springfield, MA-CT

-0.65.34.7

Tucson, AZ

-0.65.04.4

Tuscaloosa, AL

-0.65.95.3

Valdosta, GA

-0.65.14.5

Warner Robins, GA

-0.65.65.0

Wichita, KS

-0.64.74.1

Worcester, MA-CT

-0.64.84.2

Altoona, PA

-0.55.65.1

Ann Arbor, MI

-0.53.32.8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.55.14.6

Battle Creek, MI

-0.55.04.5

Boise City, ID

-0.54.03.5

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-0.55.75.2

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-0.54.13.6

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-0.55.04.5

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.53.63.1

Flint, MI

-0.55.95.4

Gadsden, AL

-0.56.05.5

Hot Springs, AR

-0.54.33.8

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-0.56.76.2

Huntsville, AL

-0.55.34.8

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.53.63.1

Jacksonville, FL

-0.54.64.1

Jonesboro, AR

-0.53.53.0

Lancaster, PA

-0.54.33.8

Lebanon, PA

-0.54.74.2

Mansfield, OH

-0.56.25.7

Missoula, MT

-0.54.54.0

Mobile, AL

-0.56.86.3

Monroe, LA

-0.56.15.6

Montgomery, AL

-0.55.65.1

New Bern, NC

-0.55.34.8

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-0.54.43.9

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.54.43.9

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-0.54.74.2

Pine Bluff, AR

-0.55.44.9

Reading, PA

-0.55.24.7

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.57.16.6

Saginaw, MI

-0.55.85.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.54.03.5

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.54.13.6

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.56.66.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-0.56.35.8

State College, PA

-0.54.23.7

Tallahassee, FL

-0.54.54.0

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-0.45.34.9

Baton Rouge, LA

-0.45.04.6

Billings, MT

-0.44.03.6

Binghamton, NY

-0.45.85.4

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-0.45.85.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

-0.43.83.4

Canton-Massillon, OH

-0.46.15.7

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-0.44.44.0

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.44.64.2

Columbus, OH

-0.44.44.0

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-0.45.55.1

East Stroudsburg, PA

-0.46.66.2

Fayetteville, NC

-0.46.25.8

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-0.42.92.5

Gainesville, FL

-0.44.13.7

Gainesville, GA

-0.44.44.0

Gettysburg, PA

-0.44.13.7

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-0.44.94.5

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.44.64.2

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-0.44.84.4

Jacksonville, NC

-0.45.45.0

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-0.44.13.7

Lawrence, KS

-0.43.43.0

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-0.43.63.2

Manhattan, KS

-0.43.22.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.45.04.6

Midland, TX

-0.44.44.0

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-0.43.83.4

Panama City, FL

-0.44.74.3

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-0.46.46.0

Pittsfield, MA

-0.45.55.1

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-0.44.33.9

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.43.63.2

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-0.45.65.2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.44.54.1

Tulsa, OK

-0.44.84.4

Urban Honolulu, HI

-0.42.82.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.44.64.2

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-0.412.712.3

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

-0.47.57.1

Wilmington, NC

-0.44.84.4

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.43.93.5

York-Hanover, PA

-0.44.84.4

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-0.34.34.0

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.35.55.2

Ames, IA

-0.32.32.0

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-0.34.84.5

Bismarck, ND

-0.33.63.3

Bowling Green, KY

-0.34.74.4

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.34.74.4

Dayton, OH

-0.34.94.6

Flagstaff, AZ

-0.35.95.6

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.33.73.4

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.35.24.9

Harrisonburg, VA

-0.33.93.6

Hinesville, GA

-0.35.75.4

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-0.33.22.9

Lincoln, NE

-0.32.92.6

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.34.74.4

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-0.34.34.0

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.34.13.8

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-0.33.53.2

Pocatello, ID

-0.33.83.5

Provo-Orem, UT

-0.33.33.0

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.33.73.4

Syracuse, NY

-0.35.24.9

Utica-Rome, NY

-0.35.55.2

Winston-Salem, NC

-0.34.84.5

Alexandria, LA

-0.26.15.9

Asheville, NC

-0.24.13.9

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-0.25.45.2

Burlington, NC

-0.24.74.5

California-Lexington Park, MD

-0.24.24.0

Charlottesville, VA

-0.23.53.3

Cumberland, MD-WV

-0.26.66.4

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

-0.22.92.7

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-0.24.44.2

Fargo, ND-MN

-0.23.33.1

Greenville, NC

-0.25.25.0

Iowa City, IA

-0.22.72.5

Ithaca, NY

-0.24.03.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.24.44.2

Lewiston, ID-WA

-0.24.44.2

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.24.03.8

Portsmouth, NH-ME

-0.22.92.7

Raleigh, NC

-0.24.34.1

Richmond, VA

-0.24.13.9

Roanoke, VA

-0.23.93.7

Rochester, MN

-0.23.93.7

St. Cloud, MN

-0.24.94.7

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

-0.23.93.7

Akron, OH

-0.15.55.4

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

-0.12.72.6

Goldsboro, NC

-0.15.45.3

Kingston, NY

-0.14.54.4

Lynchburg, VA

-0.14.44.3

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-0.13.53.4

Monroe, MI

-0.14.74.6

Morristown, TN

-0.15.04.9

Rochester, NY

-0.14.94.8

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-0.13.73.6

Toledo, OH

-0.15.35.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.04.54.5

Chattanooga, TN-GA

0.04.64.6

Fairbanks, AK

0.06.26.2

Farmington, NM

0.08.48.4

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

0.04.94.9

Lexington-Fayette, KY

0.04.04.0

Manchester, NH

0.03.03.0

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.05.05.0

Owensboro, KY

0.04.94.9

Rapid City, SD

0.03.33.3

Salisbury, MD-DE

0.06.56.5

San Angelo, TX

0.04.54.5

Sioux Falls, SD

0.02.72.7

Wichita Falls, TX

0.04.54.5

Dover, DE

0.14.84.9

Johnson City, TN

0.14.95.0

Laredo, TX

0.14.95.0

Las Cruces, NM

0.17.47.5

Lima, OH

0.15.05.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

0.13.53.6

Santa Fe, NM

0.15.25.3

Albuquerque, NM

0.25.86.0

College Station-Bryan, TX

0.23.43.6

Jackson, TN

0.24.74.9

Knoxville, TN

0.24.24.4

Abilene, TX

0.33.94.2

Cleveland, TN

0.34.44.7

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

0.34.95.2

Sherman-Denison, TX

0.33.94.2

Anchorage, AK

0.46.26.6

Clarksville, TN-KY

0.45.15.5

Tyler, TX

0.44.34.7

Waco, TX

0.43.94.3

Amarillo, TX

0.53.03.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

0.53.13.6

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

0.54.44.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

0.53.84.3

El Paso, TX

0.54.85.3

Killeen-Temple, TX

0.54.34.8

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

0.53.64.1

Texarkana, TX-AR

0.54.34.8

Victoria, TX

0.55.15.6

Lubbock, TX

0.73.34.0

Corpus Christi, TX

0.85.86.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

0.84.95.7

Longview, TX

0.85.56.3

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

0.87.78.5

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

0.97.07.9

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1.05.56.5

Rockford, IL

1.17.28.3

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

1.46.57.9

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

1.46.98.3

Ocean City, New Jersey, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in March (−2.8 percentage points), closely followed by Grand Junction, Colorado (−2.7 points). Seventy-four other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increases occurred in Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania.

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

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates lower in March 2017 than a year earlier in 336 metro areas on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/unemployment-rates-lower-in-march-2017-than-a-year-earlier-in-336-metro-areas.htm (visited July 23, 2019).

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