Unemployment rates decline in 337 metropolitan areas over the year ending January 2018

March 28, 2018

Unemployment rates were lower in January 2018 than a year earlier in 337 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 39 areas, and unchanged in 12 areas. Twenty-eight areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 4 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in January, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.1 percent a year earlier.

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

Rockford, IL

-5.0 percentage point(s) 10.3% 5.3%

El Centro, CA

-2.8 19.8% 17.0%

Farmington, NM

-2.7 9.1% 6.4%

Odessa, TX

-2.5 5.8% 3.3%

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-2.4 11.4% 9.0%

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-2.4 7.0% 4.6%

Lafayette, LA

-2.4 7.0% 4.6%

Peoria, IL

-2.4 7.7% 5.3%

Madera, CA

-2.2 10.2% 8.0%

Merced, CA

-2.2 12.1% 9.9%

Casper, WY

-2.1 7.5% 5.4%

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-2.1 6.8% 4.7%

Mobile, AL

-2.1 7.1% 5.0%

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-2.0 6.7% 4.7%

Bakersfield, CA

-2.0 11.2% 9.2%

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-2.0 6.0% 4.0%

Longview, TX

-2.0 6.6% 4.6%

Salinas, CA

-2.0 11.5% 9.5%

Tuscaloosa, AL

-2.0 5.9% 3.9%

Yuba City, CA

-2.0 10.6% 8.6%

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-1.9 5.6% 3.7%

Decatur, AL

-1.9 5.9% 4.0%

Gadsden, AL

-1.9 6.2% 4.3%

Hammond, LA

-1.9 6.8% 4.9%

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.9 6.5% 4.6%

Alexandria, LA

-1.8 6.8% 5.0%

Danville, IL

-1.8 7.8% 6.0%

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-1.8 5.8% 4.0%

Dothan, AL

-1.8 6.1% 4.3%

Kankakee, IL

-1.8 7.3% 5.5%

Yakima, WA

-1.8 11.2% 9.4%

Decatur, IL

-1.7 7.0% 5.3%

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

-1.7 5.8% 4.1%

Fresno, CA

-1.7 10.4% 8.7%

Huntsville, AL

-1.7 5.3% 3.6%

Modesto, CA

-1.7 9.1% 7.4%

Monroe, LA

-1.7 6.4% 4.7%

Montgomery, AL

-1.7 5.7% 4.0%

Redding, CA

-1.7 7.3% 5.6%

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-1.7 12.6% 10.9%

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-1.6 6.3% 4.7%

Chico, CA

-1.6 7.2% 5.6%

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-1.6 6.3% 4.7%

Midland, TX

-1.6 4.0% 2.4%

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-1.6 8.6% 7.0%

Victoria, TX

-1.6 6.0% 4.4%

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-1.5 5.2% 3.7%

Baton Rouge, LA

-1.5 5.4% 3.9%

Clarksville, TN-KY

-1.5 5.8% 4.3%

Lima, OH

-1.5 6.3% 4.8%

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-1.5 5.6% 4.1%

Rome, GA

-1.5 6.2% 4.7%

Bloomington, IL

-1.4 5.5% 4.1%

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-1.4 8.2% 6.8%

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-1.4 6.1% 4.7%

Duluth, MN-WI

-1.4 6.4% 5.0%

Hattiesburg, MS

-1.4 5.3% 3.9%

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-1.4 4.7% 3.3%

Johnson City, TN

-1.4 5.7% 4.3%

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-1.4 5.4% 4.0%

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-1.4 9.0% 7.6%

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-1.4 5.8% 4.4%

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-1.4 5.3% 3.9%

Bowling Green, KY

-1.3 5.1% 3.8%

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-1.3 5.5% 4.2%

Lake Charles, LA

-1.3 4.8% 3.5%

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-1.3 5.8% 4.5%

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-1.3 5.5% 4.2%

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-1.3 6.2% 4.9%

Springfield, OH

-1.3 6.0% 4.7%

The Villages, FL

-1.3 7.2% 5.9%

Akron, OH

-1.2 6.4% 5.2%

Hinesville, GA

-1.2 6.2% 5.0%

Jackson, MS

-1.2 5.0% 3.8%

Knoxville, TN

-1.2 4.7% 3.5%

Kokomo, IN

-1.2 4.7% 3.5%

Laredo, TX

-1.2 5.1% 3.9%

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-1.2 4.8% 3.6%

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-1.2 5.4% 4.2%

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-1.2 6.3% 5.1%

Owensboro, KY

-1.2 5.4% 4.2%

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-1.2 4.5% 3.3%

Springfield, IL

-1.2 5.6% 4.4%

Canton-Massillon, OH

-1.1 6.8% 5.7%

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-1.1 5.0% 3.9%

Dayton, OH

-1.1 5.7% 4.6%

Evansville, IN-KY

-1.1 4.3% 3.2%

Jackson, TN

-1.1 5.2% 4.1%

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-1.1 8.5% 7.4%

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-1.1 4.3% 3.2%

Mansfield, OH

-1.1 6.8% 5.7%

Morristown, TN

-1.1 5.5% 4.4%

Muncie, IN

-1.1 5.2% 4.1%

Napa, CA

-1.1 5.0% 3.9%

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-1.1 5.4% 4.3%

Racine, WI

-1.1 4.8% 3.7%

San Angelo, TX

-1.1 4.5% 3.4%

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-1.1 4.7% 3.6%

Santa Rosa, CA

-1.1 4.2% 3.1%

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-1.0 8.7% 7.7%

Brunswick, GA

-1.0 5.6% 4.6%

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-1.0 5.2% 4.2%

Cleveland, TN

-1.0 4.9% 3.9%

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-1.0 6.6% 5.6%

Eau Claire, WI

-1.0 4.2% 3.2%

Erie, PA

-1.0 7.1% 6.1%

Fort Wayne, IN

-1.0 4.2% 3.2%

Gainesville, GA

-1.0 4.6% 3.6%

Grand Island, NE

-1.0 5.8% 4.8%

Homosassa Springs, FL

-1.0 7.0% 6.0%

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-1.0 5.8% 4.8%

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-1.0 3.1% 2.1%

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-1.0 4.0% 3.0%

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.0 4.0% 3.0%

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-1.0 3.8% 2.8%

Panama City, FL

-1.0 5.4% 4.4%

Tyler, TX

-1.0 4.8% 3.8%

Walla Walla, WA

-1.0 7.3% 6.3%

Wheeling, WV-OH

-1.0 7.7% 6.7%

Albany, GA

-0.9 6.1% 5.2%

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-0.9 4.9% 4.0%

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.9 5.2% 4.3%

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-0.9 8.2% 7.3%

Columbus, GA-AL

-0.9 6.6% 5.7%

Columbus, OH

-0.9 4.9% 4.0%

Corpus Christi, TX

-0.9 6.8% 5.9%

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-0.9 5.3% 4.4%

Johnstown, PA

-0.9 7.3% 6.4%

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-0.9 5.5% 4.6%

Ocala, FL

-0.9 5.9% 5.0%

Punta Gorda, FL

-0.9 5.4% 4.5%

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.9 3.9% 3.0%

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-0.9 7.9% 7.0%

Savannah, GA

-0.9 5.1% 4.2%

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-0.9 5.7% 4.8%

Tallahassee, FL

-0.9 4.9% 4.0%

Terre Haute, IN

-0.9 5.6% 4.7%

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-0.9 8.3% 7.4%

Wichita, KS

-0.9 4.7% 3.8%

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-0.8 4.7% 3.9%

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-0.8 4.4% 3.6%

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-0.8 5.7% 4.9%

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-0.8 3.2% 2.4%

Goldsboro, NC

-0.8 5.9% 5.1%

Grand Junction, CO

-0.8 5.6% 4.8%

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-0.8 6.8% 6.0%

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-0.8 4.0% 3.2%

Jacksonville, FL

-0.8 4.7% 3.9%

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-0.8 4.0% 3.2%

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-0.8 5.9% 5.1%

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-0.8 4.6% 3.8%

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.8 4.5% 3.7%

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-0.8 5.0% 4.2%

Port St. Lucie, FL

-0.8 5.5% 4.7%

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.8 3.8% 3.0%

Toledo, OH

-0.8 6.1% 5.3%

Valdosta, GA

-0.8 5.3% 4.5%

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.8 4.8% 4.0%

Wausau, WI

-0.8 3.5% 2.7%

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.8 4.4% 3.6%

Albuquerque, NM

-0.7 6.0% 5.3%

Altoona, PA

-0.7 5.8% 5.1%

Appleton, WI

-0.7 3.5% 2.8%

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.7 5.8% 5.1%

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

-0.7 7.0% 6.3%

Bloomington, IN

-0.7 4.5% 3.8%

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-0.7 4.6% 3.9%

Carson City, NV

-0.7 6.5% 5.8%

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-0.7 5.3% 4.6%

College Station-Bryan, TX

-0.7 3.8% 3.1%

El Paso, TX

-0.7 5.3% 4.6%

Fond du Lac, WI

-0.7 3.4% 2.7%

Green Bay, WI

-0.7 3.7% 3.0%

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-0.7 4.9% 4.2%

Iowa City, IA

-0.7 3.2% 2.5%

Killeen-Temple, TX

-0.7 4.8% 4.1%

Madison, WI

-0.7 3.0% 2.3%

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.7 3.4% 2.7%

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-0.7 5.0% 4.3%

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.7 6.1% 5.4%

Reno, NV

-0.7 5.2% 4.5%

Roanoke, VA

-0.7 4.4% 3.7%

Sebring, FL

-0.7 6.3% 5.6%

Sheboygan, WI

-0.7 3.2% 2.5%

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.7 4.3% 3.6%

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-0.7 4.6% 3.9%

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

-0.7 5.5% 4.8%

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.7 4.6% 3.9%

Topeka, KS

-0.7 4.4% 3.7%

Urban Honolulu, HI

-0.7 2.7% 2.0%

Warner Robins, GA

-0.7 5.7% 5.0%

Wenatchee, WA

-0.7 7.8% 7.1%

Amarillo, TX

-0.6 3.4% 2.8%

Ames, IA

-0.6 2.4% 1.8%

Asheville, NC

-0.6 4.3% 3.7%

Bangor, ME NECTA

-0.6 3.9% 3.3%

Columbus, IN

-0.6 3.4% 2.8%

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.6 3.9% 3.3%

Dubuque, IA

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

Enid, OK

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

Fayetteville, NC

-0.6 6.5% 5.9%

Greenville, NC

-0.6 5.5% 4.9%

Harrisonburg, VA

-0.6 4.1% 3.5%

Jacksonville, NC

-0.6 5.9% 5.3%

Las Cruces, NM

-0.6 7.5% 6.9%

Lawrence, KS

-0.6 3.6% 3.0%

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

-0.6 3.6% 3.0%

Lynchburg, VA

-0.6 5.0% 4.4%

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.6 4.0% 3.4%

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-0.6 6.9% 6.3%

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-0.6 4.5% 3.9%

Richmond, VA

-0.6 4.4% 3.8%

St. Cloud, MN

-0.6 5.1% 4.5%

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-0.6 4.1% 3.5%

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.6 4.0% 3.4%

Santa Fe, NM

-0.6 5.4% 4.8%

Sherman-Denison, TX

-0.6 4.0% 3.4%

Tulsa, OK

-0.6 5.0% 4.4%

Williamsport, PA

-0.6 6.9% 6.3%

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.6 4.0% 3.4%

Abilene, TX

-0.5 4.1% 3.6%

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.5 3.5% 3.0%

Beckley, WV

-0.5 6.8% 6.3%

Boise City, ID

-0.5 4.1% 3.6%

Burlington, NC

-0.5 4.8% 4.3%

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.5 4.4% 3.9%

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.5 4.9% 4.4%

Charlottesville, VA

-0.5 3.9% 3.4%

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.5 4.1% 3.6%

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-0.5 4.5% 4.0%

Gainesville, FL

-0.5 4.4% 3.9%

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.5 4.5% 4.0%

Logan, UT-ID

-0.5 3.1% 2.6%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.5 4.9% 4.4%

Manhattan, KS

-0.5 3.4% 2.9%

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-0.5 3.7% 3.2%

New Bern, NC

-0.5 5.4% 4.9%

Ocean City, NJ

-0.5 14.9% 14.4%

Pocatello, ID

-0.5 4.1% 3.6%

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

-0.5 3.0% 2.5%

Raleigh, NC

-0.5 4.5% 4.0%

Rochester, MN

-0.5 4.1% 3.6%

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.5 7.4% 6.9%

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.5 4.4% 3.9%

Salisbury, MD-DE

-0.5 7.7% 7.2%

Winston-Salem, NC

-0.5 4.9% 4.4%

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

-0.5 4.7% 4.2%

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

-0.4 3.9% 3.5%

Cheyenne, WY

-0.4 4.7% 4.3%

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-0.4 5.8% 5.4%

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-0.4 5.5% 5.1%

Corvallis, OR

-0.4 3.3% 2.9%

Dalton, GA

-0.4 7.1% 6.7%

Flagstaff, AZ

-0.4 6.7% 6.3%

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.4 5.3% 4.9%

Joplin, MO

-0.4 3.7% 3.3%

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

-0.4 5.1% 4.7%

Lincoln, NE

-0.4 3.1% 2.7%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.4 4.7% 4.3%

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-0.4 3.6% 3.2%

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-0.4 3.6% 3.2%

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

-0.4 5.6% 5.2%

Provo-Orem, UT

-0.4 3.1% 2.7%

St. George, UT

-0.4 3.9% 3.5%

Salem, OR

-0.4 4.8% 4.4%

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.4 6.5% 6.1%

Springfield, MO

-0.4 3.7% 3.3%

State College, PA

-0.4 4.4% 4.0%

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-0.4 4.1% 3.7%

Wilmington, NC

-0.4 5.0% 4.6%

Albany, OR

-0.3 5.2% 4.9%

Bellingham, WA

-0.3 6.0% 5.7%

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

-0.3 5.5% 5.2%

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

-0.3 2.8% 2.5%

Cumberland, MD-WV

-0.3 7.2% 6.9%

Danbury, CT NECTA

-0.3 4.8% 4.5%

Gettysburg, PA

-0.3 4.4% 4.1%

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.3 3.6% 3.3%

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-0.3 6.7% 6.4%

Lancaster, PA

-0.3 4.4% 4.1%

Lewiston, ID-WA

-0.3 4.3% 4.0%

Longview, WA

-0.3 7.3% 7.0%

Lubbock, TX

-0.3 3.4% 3.1%

Medford, OR

-0.3 5.4% 5.1%

Morgantown, WV

-0.3 4.7% 4.4%

Muskegon, MI

-0.3 6.2% 5.9%

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

-0.3 4.9% 4.6%

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-0.3 6.1% 5.8%

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

-0.3 5.6% 5.3%

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.3 4.2% 3.9%

Prescott, AZ

-0.3 5.2% 4.9%

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-0.3 5.6% 5.3%

Reading, PA

-0.3 5.2% 4.9%

Texarkana, TX-AR

-0.3 5.1% 4.8%

Waco, TX

-0.3 4.1% 3.8%

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

-0.3 4.1% 3.8%

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.2 5.5% 5.3%

Bend-Redmond, OR

-0.2 5.1% 4.9%

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-0.2 6.2% 6.0%

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-0.2 5.7% 5.5%

Charleston, WV

-0.2 5.9% 5.7%

Dover, DE

-0.2 5.2% 5.0%

East Stroudsburg, PA

-0.2 6.6% 6.4%

Eugene, OR

-0.2 4.7% 4.5%

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.2 3.6% 3.4%

Grants Pass, OR

-0.2 6.2% 6.0%

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.2 4.6% 4.4%

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

-0.2 5.5% 5.3%

Jackson, MI

-0.2 5.6% 5.4%

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-0.2 5.2% 5.0%

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-0.2 5.6% 5.4%

Manchester, NH NECTA

-0.2 3.1% 2.9%

New Bedford, MA NECTA

-0.2 7.2% 7.0%

New Haven, CT NECTA

-0.2 5.4% 5.2%

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-0.2 5.8% 5.6%

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-0.2 6.6% 6.4%

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

-0.2 5.1% 4.9%

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-0.2 4.2% 4.0%

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

-0.2 2.9% 2.7%

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.2 3.2% 3.0%

Trenton, NJ

-0.2 4.4% 4.2%

Tucson, AZ

-0.2 4.9% 4.7%

York-Hanover, PA

-0.2 4.8% 4.6%

Yuma, AZ

-0.2 14.8% 14.6%

Ann Arbor, MI

-0.1 3.7% 3.6%

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-0.1 4.8% 4.7%

Battle Creek, MI

-0.1 5.5% 5.4%

Columbia, MO

-0.1 3.0% 2.9%

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

-0.1 2.9% 2.8%

Fargo, ND-MN

-0.1 3.3% 3.2%

Greeley, CO

-0.1 3.2% 3.1%

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-0.1 4.9% 4.8%

Jefferson City, MO

-0.1 3.6% 3.5%

Midland, MI

-0.1 5.8% 5.7%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.1 4.6% 4.5%

Rapid City, SD

-0.1 4.1% 4.0%

Waterbury, CT NECTA

-0.1 6.8% 6.7%

Bay City, MI

0.0 6.8% 6.8%

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.0 6.2% 6.2%

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

0.0 4.2% 4.2%

Elmira, NY

0.0 6.2% 6.2%

Flint, MI

0.0 6.6% 6.6%

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

0.0 4.0% 4.0%

Ithaca, NY

0.0 4.7% 4.7%

Lawton, OK

0.0 4.6% 4.6%

Lebanon, PA

0.0 4.6% 4.6%

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

0.0 7.0% 7.0%

Pine Bluff, AR

0.0 5.7% 5.7%

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

0.0 6.9% 6.9%

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

0.1 4.9% 5.0%

Billings, MT

0.1 4.3% 4.4%

Bismarck, ND

0.1 3.6% 3.7%

Fort Collins, CO

0.1 2.8% 2.9%

Fort Smith, AR-OK

0.1 4.6% 4.7%

Great Falls, MT

0.1 4.7% 4.8%

Hot Springs, AR

0.1 4.6% 4.7%

Kingston, NY

0.1 5.3% 5.4%

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

0.1 3.7% 3.8%

Rochester, NY

0.1 5.5% 5.6%

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

0.1 6.1% 6.2%

Spartanburg, SC

0.1 4.6% 4.7%

Sumter, SC

0.1 5.8% 5.9%

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

0.1 8.3% 8.4%

Binghamton, NY

0.2 6.6% 6.8%

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

0.2 3.0% 3.2%

Florence, SC

0.2 5.3% 5.5%

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

0.2 4.3% 4.5%

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

0.2 4.6% 4.8%

Jonesboro, AR

0.2 3.6% 3.8%

Saginaw, MI

0.2 6.4% 6.6%

Syracuse, NY

0.2 5.8% 6.0%

Utica-Rome, NY

0.2 6.1% 6.3%

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

0.2 7.9% 8.1%

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

0.2 7.6% 7.8%

Anchorage, AK

0.3 6.9% 7.2%

Boulder, CO

0.3 2.6% 2.9%

California-Lexington Park, MD

0.3 4.3% 4.6%

Colorado Springs, CO

0.3 3.6% 3.9%

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

0.3 2.9% 3.2%

Glens Falls, NY

0.3 6.5% 6.8%

Missoula, MT

0.3 4.5% 4.8%

Sioux Falls, SD

0.3 3.1% 3.4%

Columbia, SC

0.4 4.5% 4.9%

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

0.4 4.6% 5.0%

Monroe, MI

0.4 4.9% 5.3%

Pueblo, CO

0.4 4.7% 5.1%

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

0.4 4.3% 4.7%

Fairbanks, AK

0.5 7.0% 7.5%
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Rockford, Illinois had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in January 2018 (−5.0 percentage points). An additional 118 areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Fairbanks, Alaska (+0.5 percentage point).

Among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 47 had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 3 had increases, and 1 had no change. The largest rate decrease occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (−1.9 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington (+0.4 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. More charts and maps are available in the metropolitan area chart package. To learn more, see Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – January 2018” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates decline in 337 metropolitan areas over the year ending January 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rates-decline-in-337-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-january-2018.htm (visited September 19, 2019).

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