Unemployment rates decline in 323 metropolitan areas over the year ending July 2018

September 05, 2018

Unemployment rates were lower in July 2018 than a year earlier in 323 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 41 areas, and unchanged in 24 areas. Fifty-three areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 2 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.6 percent a year earlier.

Over-the-year change in metropolitan area unemployment rates, July 2017 to July 2018
Metropolitan area Over-the-year change(p) July 2017 unemployment rate July 2018 unemployment rate(p)

Farmington, NM

-1.9 percentage point(s) 7.5% 5.6%

Las Cruces, NM

-1.7 7.5 5.8

Spartanburg, SC

-1.6 5.0 3.4

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-1.6 7.7 6.1

Albuquerque, NM

-1.5 6.3 4.8

El Centro, CA

-1.5 20.8 19.3

Monroe, MI

-1.5 6.4 4.9

Rome, GA

-1.5 6.2 4.7

Santa Fe, NM

-1.5 5.6 4.1

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-1.4 7.3 5.9

Battle Creek, MI

-1.3 6.1 4.8

Erie, PA

-1.3 6.1 4.8

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-1.2 4.9 3.7

Brunswick, GA

-1.2 4.9 3.7

Muskegon, MI

-1.2 6.6 5.4

Sumter, SC

-1.2 5.5 4.3

Bakersfield, CA

-1.1 9.3 8.2

Bay City, MI

-1.1 6.5 5.4

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-1.1 4.4 3.3

Harrisonburg, VA

-1.1 4.1 3.0

Jackson, MI

-1.1 5.8 4.7

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-1.1 5.6 4.5

Lynchburg, VA

-1.1 4.7 3.6

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-1.1 5.4 4.3

Odessa, TX

-1.1 4.0 2.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-1.1 5.7 4.6

Roanoke, VA

-1.1 4.1 3.0

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-1.1 3.8 2.7

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-1.1 7.1 6.0

Ann Arbor, MI

-1.0 5.0 4.0

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-1.0 4.8 3.8

Charlottesville, VA

-1.0 3.7 2.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Chico, CA

-1.0 6.1 5.1

Columbus, GA-AL

-1.0 5.8 4.8

Florence, SC

-1.0 5.0 4.0

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-1.0 4.6 3.6

Hinesville, GA

-1.0 5.3 4.3

Ithaca, NY

-1.0 5.0 4.0

Johnstown, PA

-1.0 6.7 5.7

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-1.0 5.4 4.4

Madera, CA

-1.0 8.0 7.0

Merced, CA

-1.0 9.1 8.1

Midland, MI

-1.0 5.4 4.4

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-1.0 4.3 3.3

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-1.0 10.3 9.3

Warner Robins, GA

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Albany, GA

-0.9 5.9 5.0

Anchorage, AK

-0.9 6.3 5.4

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.9 5.3 4.4

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-0.9 5.4 4.5

Danville, IL

-0.9 6.8 5.9

Fresno, CA

-0.9 8.1 7.2

Gainesville, GA

-0.9 4.1 3.2

Goldsboro, NC

-0.9 5.4 4.5

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

-0.9 4.2 3.3

Jacksonville, NC

-0.9 5.5 4.6

Longview, TX

-0.9 5.2 4.3

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-0.9 7.8 6.9

Modesto, CA

-0.9 7.6 6.7

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-0.9 5.7 4.8

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-0.9 4.8 3.9

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.9 5.3 4.4

Redding, CA

-0.9 5.8 4.9

Richmond, VA

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.9 7.0 6.1

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.9 4.8 3.9

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.9 4.4 3.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.9 3.7 2.8

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Savannah, GA

-0.9 4.6 3.7

Toledo, OH

-0.9 6.2 5.3

Tulsa, OK

-0.9 4.5 3.6

Valdosta, GA

-0.9 5.0 4.1

Williamsport, PA

-0.9 5.7 4.8

Yuba City, CA

-0.9 7.5 6.6

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-0.8 4.8 4.0

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

-0.8 3.8 3.0

Columbia, SC

-0.8 4.2 3.4

Dover, DE

-0.8 5.6 4.8

Elmira, NY

-0.8 5.5 4.7

Fairbanks, AK

-0.8 5.9 5.1

Flint, MI

-0.8 7.0 6.2

Glens Falls, NY

-0.8 4.3 3.5

Greenville, NC

-0.8 5.5 4.7

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-0.8 8.3 7.5

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.8 4.6 3.8

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-0.8 4.5 3.7

Midland, TX

-0.8 3.0 2.2

Napa, CA

-0.8 3.7 2.9

Rochester, NY

-0.8 5.1 4.3

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.8 3.6 2.8

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-0.8 5.0 4.2

Santa Rosa, CA

-0.8 3.7 2.9

Syracuse, NY

-0.8 5.1 4.3

Victoria, TX

-0.8 4.9 4.1

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.8 3.4 2.6

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

-0.8 5.6 4.8

York-Hanover, PA

-0.8 5.0 4.2

Altoona, PA

-0.7 5.2 4.5

Binghamton, NY

-0.7 5.5 4.8

Burlington, NC

-0.7 4.7 4.0

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.7 4.5 3.8

Duluth, MN-WI

-0.7 4.3 3.6

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-0.7 4.3 3.6

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.7 5.1 4.4

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

-0.7 4.0 3.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-0.7 5.1 4.4

Kingston, NY

-0.7 4.7 4.0

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-0.7 5.4 4.7

Mansfield, OH

-0.7 5.9 5.2

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

-0.7 4.7 4.0

New Bern, NC

-0.7 4.9 4.2

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

-0.7 5.3 4.6

Raleigh, NC

-0.7 4.2 3.5

Saginaw, MI

-0.7 6.5 5.8

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-0.7 4.5 3.8

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.7 5.9 5.2

The Villages, FL

-0.7 6.3 5.6

Wilmington, NC

-0.7 4.5 3.8

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.7 3.5 2.8

Winston-Salem, NC

-0.7 4.6 3.9

Albany, OR

-0.6 5.2 4.6

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-0.6 4.4 3.8

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.6 5.3 4.7

Asheville, NC

-0.6 3.9 3.3

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-0.6 6.9 6.3

Bellingham, WA

-0.6 5.0 4.4

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-0.6 7.2 6.6

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.6 3.2 2.6

Corvallis, OR

-0.6 4.1 3.5

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.6 2.9 2.3

Dubuque, IA

-0.6 2.8 2.2

East Stroudsburg, PA

-0.6 6.0 5.4

Enid, OK

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Eugene, OR

-0.6 5.0 4.4

Fayetteville, NC

-0.6 6.1 5.5

Gettysburg, PA

-0.6 4.1 3.5

Iowa City, IA

-0.6 2.7 2.1

Lancaster, PA

-0.6 4.3 3.7

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-0.6 2.9 2.3

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.6 3.2 2.6

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.6 3.9 3.3

Peoria, IL

-0.6 5.5 4.9

Reading, PA

-0.6 4.9 4.3

Reno, NV

-0.6 4.1 3.5

Rockford, IL

-0.6 5.6 5.0

Salinas, CA

-0.6 5.4 4.8

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.6 3.2 2.6

Utica-Rome, NY

-0.6 5.0 4.4

Waco, TX

-0.6 4.5 3.9

Yuma, AZ

-0.6 21.5 20.9

Abilene, TX

-0.5 4.0 3.5

Ames, IA

-0.5 2.3 1.8

Bend-Redmond, OR

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-0.5 4.8 4.3

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-0.5 6.0 5.5

Corpus Christi, TX

-0.5 5.7 5.2

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-0.5 3.5 3.0

Dalton, GA

-0.5 5.5 5.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

-0.5 5.0 4.5

Hattiesburg, MS

-0.5 5.2 4.7

Jefferson City, MO

-0.5 3.7 3.2

Joplin, MO

-0.5 4.0 3.5

Lebanon, PA

-0.5 4.5 4.0

Medford, OR

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.5 4.5 4.0

Missoula, MT

-0.5 3.4 2.9

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

-0.5 4.9 4.4

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-0.5 4.9 4.4

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-0.5 4.4 3.9

Panama City, FL

-0.5 4.1 3.6

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-0.5 4.7 4.2

Punta Gorda, FL

-0.5 4.9 4.4

Rapid City, SD

-0.5 3.0 2.5

Rochester, MN

-0.5 2.8 2.3

St. Cloud, MN

-0.5 3.1 2.6

San Angelo, TX

-0.5 3.9 3.4

State College, PA

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

-0.5 7.5 7.0

Wichita, KS

-0.5 4.8 4.3

Akron, OH

-0.4 5.1 4.7

Amarillo, TX

-0.4 3.3 2.9

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

-0.4 4.8 4.4

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-0.4 4.2 3.8

Carson City, NV

-0.4 4.7 4.3

Casper, WY

-0.4 4.8 4.4

College Station-Bryan, TX

-0.4 3.7 3.3

Decatur, AL

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-0.4 4.5 4.1

El Paso, TX

-0.4 4.8 4.4

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Gainesville, FL

-0.4 4.0 3.6

Grants Pass, OR

-0.4 5.7 5.3

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-0.4 5.7 5.3

Homosassa Springs, FL

-0.4 6.1 5.7

Hot Springs, AR

-0.4 4.5 4.1

Jackson, MS

-0.4 5.0 4.6

Jacksonville, FL

-0.4 4.2 3.8

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-0.4 2.5 2.1

Kankakee, IL

-0.4 5.1 4.7

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.4 4.3 3.9

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-0.4 3.1 2.7

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-0.4 5.0 4.6

Lima, OH

-0.4 5.7 5.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.4 5.0 4.6

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-0.4 5.2 4.8

Muncie, IN

-0.4 4.5 4.1

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-0.4 4.5 4.1

New Haven, CT NECTA

-0.4 4.9 4.5

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-0.4 4.1 3.7

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

-0.4 4.6 4.2

Ocala, FL

-0.4 5.1 4.7

Ocean City, NJ

-0.4 5.6 5.2

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.4 4.0 3.6

Owensboro, KY

-0.4 4.8 4.4

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-0.4 4.3 3.9

Port St. Lucie, FL

-0.4 5.1 4.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-0.4 4.2 3.8

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-0.4 3.8 3.4

Salem, OR

-0.4 4.7 4.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.4 4.3 3.9

Sebring, FL

-0.4 6.2 5.8

Sioux Falls, SD

-0.4 2.5 2.1

Tyler, TX

-0.4 4.1 3.7

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

-0.4 3.9 3.5

Billings, MT

-0.3 3.5 3.2

Bowling Green, KY

-0.3 4.7 4.4

Canton-Massillon, OH

-0.3 5.2 4.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.3 4.6 4.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.3 3.9 3.6

Danbury, CT NECTA

-0.3 4.0 3.7

Eau Claire, WI

-0.3 3.1 2.8

Great Falls, MT

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Jonesboro, AR

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Laredo, TX

-0.3 4.3 4.0

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-0.3 4.2 3.9

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Longview, WA

-0.3 5.8 5.5

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.3 4.7 4.4

Lubbock, TX

-0.3 3.7 3.4

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-0.3 3.9 3.6

Montgomery, AL

-0.3 4.6 4.3

Pine Bluff, AR

-0.3 5.7 5.4

Racine, WI

-0.3 4.3 4.0

St. Louis, MO-IL (1)

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-0.3 5.4 5.1

Sheboygan, WI

-0.3 2.9 2.6

Sherman-Denison, TX

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

-0.3 5.3 5.0

Springfield, IL

-0.3 4.3 4.0

Springfield, MO

-0.3 3.4 3.1

Springfield, OH

-0.3 5.6 5.3

Tallahassee, FL

-0.3 4.3 4.0

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Trenton, NJ

-0.3 4.7 4.4

Wausau, WI

-0.3 3.1 2.8

Appleton, WI

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.2 3.3 3.1

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.2 4.1 3.9

Boise City, ID

-0.2 3.0 2.8

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-0.2 4.2 4.0

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-0.2 3.2 3.0

Columbus, IN

-0.2 2.8 2.6

Columbus, OH

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Dayton, OH

-0.2 4.9 4.7

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.2 3.5 3.3

Gadsden, AL

-0.2 4.7 4.5

Green Bay, WI

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.2 2.5 2.3

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-0.2 4.8 4.6

Killeen-Temple, TX

-0.2 4.4 4.2

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Kokomo, IN

-0.2 3.7 3.5

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-0.2 5.8 5.6

Madison, WI

-0.2 2.6 2.4

Manhattan, KS

-0.2 3.8 3.6

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-0.2 3.3 3.1

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.2 3.2 3.0

Pocatello, ID

-0.2 2.9 2.7

St. George, UT

-0.2 3.6 3.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.2 3.7 3.5

Tuscaloosa, AL

-0.2 4.9 4.7

Urban Honolulu, HI

-0.2 2.2 2.0

Walla Walla, WA

-0.2 4.5 4.3

Waterbury, CT NECTA

-0.2 5.8 5.6

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-0.2 6.7 6.5

Wenatchee, WA

-0.2 3.5 3.3

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Bloomington, IL

-0.1 4.3 4.2

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

-0.1 3.7 3.6

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-0.1 5.0 4.9

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-0.1 4.6 4.5

Columbia, MO

-0.1 3.0 2.9

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-0.1 3.8 3.7

Decatur, IL

-0.1 5.7 5.6

Flagstaff, AZ

-0.1 5.8 5.7

Fond du Lac, WI

-0.1 3.1 3.0

Fort Wayne, IN

-0.1 3.3 3.2

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Huntsville, AL

-0.1 4.0 3.9

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-0.1 3.4 3.3

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-0.1 3.5 3.4

Lawton, OK

-0.1 4.4 4.3

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

-0.1 4.7 4.6

Lincoln, NE

-0.1 2.9 2.8

New Bedford, MA NECTA

-0.1 5.7 5.6

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-0.1 3.4 3.3

Provo-Orem, UT

-0.1 3.2 3.1

Salisbury, MD-DE

-0.1 4.6 4.5

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.1 3.2 3.1

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-0.1 5.8 5.7

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-0.1 4.0 3.9

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

-0.1 5.0 4.9

Topeka, KS

-0.1 4.1 4.0

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

-0.1 4.3 4.2

Auburn-Opelika, AL

0.0 4.1 4.1

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

0.0 3.5 3.5

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

0.0 2.6 2.6

Clarksville, TN-KY

0.0 5.1 5.1

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.0 5.0 5.0

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

0.0 2.5 2.5

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

0.0 2.6 2.6

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.0 5.0 5.0

Grand Island, NE

0.0 3.1 3.1

Grand Junction, CO

0.0 3.9 3.9

Knoxville, TN

0.0 3.8 3.8

Lafayette, LA

0.0 5.9 5.9

Lawrence, KS

0.0 3.8 3.8

Lewiston, ID-WA

0.0 3.0 3.0

Logan, UT-ID

0.0 3.0 3.0

Manchester, NH NECTA

0.0 2.6 2.6

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

0.0 4.2 4.2

Mobile, AL

0.0 5.4 5.4

Morristown, TN

0.0 4.2 4.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

0.0 4.3 4.3

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

0.0 4.1 4.1

Prescott, AZ

0.0 4.4 4.4

Tucson, AZ

0.0 4.6 4.6

Yakima, WA

0.0 4.9 4.9

Alexandria, LA

0.1 6.2 6.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

0.1 5.1 5.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.1 4.5 4.6

Cleveland, TN

0.1 4.1 4.2

Dothan, AL

0.1 4.4 4.5

Fargo, ND-MN

0.1 2.1 2.2

Greeley, CO

0.1 2.7 2.8

Hammond, LA

0.1 6.5 6.6

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

0.1 5.7 5.8

Johnson City, TN

0.1 4.3 4.4

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

0.1 3.3 3.4

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

0.1 3.1 3.2

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

0.1 5.5 5.6

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

0.1 2.6 2.7

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

0.1 2.3 2.4

Wheeling, WV-OH

0.1 5.4 5.5

Bismarck, ND

0.2 2.2 2.4

Boulder, CO

0.2 2.5 2.7

Cheyenne, WY

0.2 3.4 3.6

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

0.2 2.7 2.9

Fort Collins, CO

0.2 2.3 2.5

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

0.2 5.7 5.9

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.2 4.5 4.7

Pueblo, CO

0.2 4.6 4.8

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

0.2 6.0 6.2

Baton Rouge, LA

0.3 5.0 5.3

Beckley, WV

0.3 5.4 5.7

Bloomington, IN

0.3 4.1 4.4

California-Lexington Park, MD

0.3 4.5 4.8

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

0.3 4.2 4.5

Jackson, TN

0.3 4.0 4.3

Lake Charles, LA

0.3 4.2 4.5

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

0.3 5.3 5.6

Bangor, ME NECTA

0.4 3.6 4.0

Charleston, WV

0.4 5.0 5.4

Colorado Springs, CO

0.4 3.3 3.7

Texarkana, TX-AR

0.4 4.9 5.3

Monroe, LA

0.5 5.6 6.1

Terre Haute, IN

0.6 4.3 4.9

Cumberland, MD-WV

0.7 5.5 6.2

Morgantown, WV

0.7 4.0 4.7

Farmington, New Mexico had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in July 2018 (−1.9 percentage points). An additional 47 areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increases occurred in Cumberland, Maryland-West Virginia, and Morgantown, West Virginia (+0.7 percentage point each).

Among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 44 had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 5 had increases, and 2 had no change. The largest rate decrease occurred in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (−1.1 percentage points). No large area had an unemployment rate increase greater than 0.3 percentage point.

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

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates decline in 323 metropolitan areas over the year ending July 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rates-decline-in-323-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-july-2018.htm (visited July 21, 2019).

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