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Midland, Texas leads employment gains in year ending May 2018

June 29, 2018

From May 2017 to May 2018, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 332 metropolitan areas, decreased in 52 areas, and was unchanged in 4 areas.

The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+11.3 percent), Ocean City, New Jersey (+7.4 percent), and Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana (+7.0 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, May 2017 to May 2018, by top ten largest gains and losses, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Midland, TX

11.3% 10,400

Ocean City, NJ

7.4 3,200

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

7.0 7,000

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

5.9 8,100

Walla Walla, WA

5.7 1,600

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

4.5 5,100

College Station-Bryan, TX

4.5 5,300

Gainesville, GA

4.5 4,000

Odessa, TX

4.4 3,200

St. George, UT

4.4 2,800

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-1.2 -700

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-1.3 -800

Bismarck, ND

-1.3 -1,000

Goldsboro, NC

-1.4 -600

Danville, IL

-1.4 -400

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-1.6 -2,400

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-1.8 -600

Sebring, FL

-2.3 -600

Enid, OK

-2.3 -600

Victoria, TX

-2.4 -1,000

Over the year ending May 2018, the largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+122,000), New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+116,200), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+81,200).

The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Victoria, Texas (−2.4 percent), followed by Enid, Oklahoma, and Sebring, Florida (−2.3 percent each). The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio- Pennsylvania (−2,500), followed by Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida (−2,400), and Corpus Christi, Texas (−1,800).

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 — May 2018." Also see Charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Midland, Texas leads employment gains in year ending May 2018 at (visited June 14, 2024).

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