Unemployment rates down in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending November 2017

January 12, 2018

Over the 12 months ending November 2017, unemployment rates were lower in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 67 areas, and unchanged in 17 areas. The national unemployment rate in November 2017 was 3.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.4 percent a year earlier.

Over-the-year change in metro area unemployment rates, November 2016 to November 2017
Metropolitan area Over-the-year change (in percentage points)(p) November 2016 unemployment rate November 2017 unemployment rate(p)

El Centro, CA

-3.0 22.8% 19.8%

Odessa, TX

-2.5 5.9 3.4

Mobile, AL

-2.4 6.7 4.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-2.3 6.3 4.0

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-2.3 6.1 3.8

Yakima, WA

-2.3 8.1 5.8

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-2.1 5.3 3.2

Decatur, AL

-2.1 5.5 3.4

Gadsden, AL

-2.1 5.7 3.6

Tuscaloosa, AL

-2.1 5.5 3.4

Farmington, NM

-2.0 8.4 6.4

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-2.0 9.5 7.5

Bakersfield, CA

-1.9 9.3 7.4

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-1.9 5.2 3.3

Dothan, AL

-1.9 5.6 3.7

Madera, CA

-1.9 8.9 7.0

Montgomery, AL

-1.9 5.4 3.5

Huntsville, AL

-1.8 4.9 3.1

Lafayette, LA

-1.8 6.3 4.5

Longview, TX

-1.8 6.0 4.2

The Villages, FL

-1.8 7.0 5.2

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-1.8 10.7 8.9

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-1.7 4.8 3.1

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-1.7 6.1 4.4

Fresno, CA

-1.6 9.2 7.6

Johnson City, TN

-1.6 5.3 3.7

Merced, CA

-1.6 9.4 7.8

Modesto, CA

-1.6 7.8 6.2

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-1.6 6.4 4.8

Longview, WA

-1.5 6.9 5.4

Redding, CA

-1.5 6.3 4.8

Homosassa Springs, FL

-1.4 6.7 5.3

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-1.4 6.6 5.2

Knoxville, TN

-1.4 4.5 3.1

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-1.4 7.6 6.2

Midland, TX

-1.4 4.0 2.6

Morristown, TN

-1.4 5.0 3.6

Ocala, FL

-1.4 5.8 4.4

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-1.4 5.9 4.5

Sebring, FL

-1.4 6.5 5.1

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-1.4 7.6 6.2

Yuba City, CA

-1.4 8.5 7.1

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-1.3 4.8 3.5

Duluth, MN-WI

-1.3 5.0 3.7

Hammond, LA

-1.3 5.9 4.6

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-1.3 5.0 3.7

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-1.3 5.6 4.3

Monroe, LA

-1.3 5.6 4.3

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-1.3 5.4 4.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.3 5.9 4.6

Victoria, TX

-1.3 5.4 4.1

Wenatchee, WA

-1.3 5.9 4.6

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-1.2 5.3 4.1

Bellingham, WA

-1.2 5.5 4.3

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-1.2 7.0 5.8

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-1.2 5.2 4.0

Flagstaff, AZ

-1.2 5.5 4.3

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-1.2 5.1 3.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-1.2 5.0 3.8

Punta Gorda, FL

-1.2 5.2 4.0

Racine, WI

-1.2 4.5 3.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-1.2 4.9 3.7

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-1.2 5.1 3.9

Yuma, AZ

-1.2 16.8 15.6

Alexandria, LA

-1.1 5.7 4.6

Casper, WY

-1.1 6.2 5.1

Cleveland, TN

-1.1 4.3 3.2

Jackson, TN

-1.1 4.8 3.7

Jacksonville, FL

-1.1 4.7 3.6

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-1.1 4.0 2.9

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.1 4.1 3.0

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-1.1 3.7 2.6

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-1.1 4.5 3.4

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-1.1 5.0 3.9

Panama City, FL

-1.1 4.9 3.8

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-1.1 4.8 3.7

Peoria, IL

-1.1 5.9 4.8

San Angelo, TX

-1.1 4.2 3.1

Baton Rouge, LA

-1.0 4.7 3.7

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-1.0 5.5 4.5

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-1.0 4.7 3.7

Chico, CA

-1.0 5.8 4.8

Clarksville, TN-KY

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Columbus, GA-AL

-1.0 6.1 5.1

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-1.0 4.1 3.1

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-1.0 4.7 3.7

Erie, PA

-1.0 5.9 4.9

Johnstown, PA

-1.0 6.0 5.0

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-1.0 3.1 2.1

Laredo, TX

-1.0 4.4 3.4

Napa, CA

-1.0 4.3 3.3

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-1.0 5.4 4.4

Port St. Lucie, FL

-1.0 5.3 4.3

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-1.0 4.3 3.3

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-1.0 3.9 2.9

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-1.0 4.8 3.8

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

-1.0 5.7 4.7

Tallahassee, FL

-1.0 4.6 3.6

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-1.0 4.6 3.6

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-0.9 4.5 3.6

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-0.9 4.8 3.9

Enid, OK

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-0.9 5.2 4.3

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-0.9 3.2 2.3

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-0.9 4.8 3.9

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-0.9 4.9 4.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.9 4.4 3.5

Rockford, IL

-0.9 6.0 5.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.9 3.5 2.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.9 3.6 2.7

Santa Rosa, CA

-0.9 3.7 2.8

Tulsa, OK

-0.9 4.8 3.9

Tyler, TX

-0.9 4.4 3.5

Walla Walla, WA

-0.9 5.1 4.2

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.9 3.8 2.9

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.9 4.2 3.3

Brunswick, GA

-0.8 5.2 4.4

El Paso, TX

-0.8 4.8 4.0

Goldsboro, NC

-0.8 5.9 5.1

Green Bay, WI

-0.8 3.4 2.6

Kankakee, IL

-0.8 5.8 5.0

Lake Charles, LA

-0.8 4.2 3.4

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-0.8 5.0 4.2

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.8 3.2 2.4

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.8 3.3 2.5

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.8 5.1 4.3

Rome, GA

-0.8 5.5 4.7

Sheboygan, WI

-0.8 3.2 2.4

Urban Honolulu, HI

-0.8 2.7 1.9

Wausau, WI

-0.8 3.2 2.4

Albany, OR

-0.7 5.0 4.3

Bloomington, IL

-0.7 4.6 3.9

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-0.7 5.2 4.5

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-0.7 4.5 3.8

College Station-Bryan, TX

-0.7 3.4 2.7

Corpus Christi, TX

-0.7 6.0 5.3

Danville, IL

-0.7 6.7 6.0

Decatur, IL

-0.7 6.0 5.3

Eau Claire, WI

-0.7 3.2 2.5

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.7 3.8 3.1

Fond du Lac, WI

-0.7 3.0 2.3

Gainesville, FL

-0.7 4.2 3.5

Grants Pass, OR

-0.7 5.7 5.0

Hattiesburg, MS

-0.7 4.5 3.8

Hinesville, GA

-0.7 5.5 4.8

Joplin, MO

-0.7 3.6 2.9

Killeen-Temple, TX

-0.7 4.3 3.6

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-0.7 5.8 5.1

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

-0.7 3.4 2.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.7 4.5 3.8

Madison, WI

-0.7 2.8 2.1

Medford, OR

-0.7 4.9 4.2

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.7 4.8 4.1

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.7 4.0 3.3

Salinas, CA

-0.7 6.5 5.8

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.7 3.7 3.0

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-0.7 6.1 5.4

Savannah, GA

-0.7 4.8 4.1

St. Cloud, MN

-0.7 3.3 2.6

Valdosta, GA

-0.7 4.9 4.2

Warner Robins, GA

-0.7 5.2 4.5

Williamsport, PA

-0.7 5.6 4.9

Abilene, TX

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Albany, GA

-0.6 5.8 5.2

Altoona, PA

-0.6 4.8 4.2

Appleton, WI

-0.6 3.1 2.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.6 4.8 4.2

Bangor, ME NECTA

-0.6 3.5 2.9

Boise City, ID

-0.6 3.6 3.0

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-0.6 3.1 2.5

Fayetteville, NC

-0.6 6.3 5.7

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-0.6 5.3 4.7

Kokomo, IN

-0.6 4.0 3.4

Lewiston, ID-WA

-0.6 3.7 3.1

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-0.6 5.5 4.9

Manhattan, KS

-0.6 3.2 2.6

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-0.6 2.5 1.9

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

-0.6 3.0 2.4

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-0.6 4.2 3.6

Rochester, MN

-0.6 2.8 2.2

Salem, OR

-0.6 4.5 3.9

Sherman-Denison, TX

-0.6 3.7 3.1

Springfield, MO

-0.6 3.3 2.7

Springfield, OH

-0.6 4.8 4.2

Wheeling, WV-OH

-0.6 5.7 5.1

Wichita, KS

-0.6 4.3 3.7

Albuquerque, NM

-0.5 5.9 5.4

Amarillo, TX

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.5 5.0 4.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.5 3.2 2.7

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-0.5 3.9 3.4

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-0.5 4.7 4.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-0.5 5.2 4.7

Columbus, IN

-0.5 3.0 2.5

Corvallis, OR

-0.5 3.3 2.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.5 3.7 3.2

Dalton, GA

-0.5 5.8 5.3

Eugene, OR

-0.5 4.6 4.1

Fort Wayne, IN

-0.5 3.6 3.1

Gainesville, GA

-0.5 4.1 3.6

Grand Junction, CO

-0.5 4.2 3.7

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-0.5 4.7 4.2

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-0.5 3.6 3.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.5 3.7 3.2

Lawrence, KS

-0.5 3.3 2.8

Lima, OH

-0.5 4.7 4.2

Lubbock, TX

-0.5 3.2 2.7

New Bern, NC

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Reading, PA

-0.5 4.5 4.0

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-0.5 5.4 4.9

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.5 3.3 2.8

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-0.5 3.4 2.9

Topeka, KS

-0.5 3.7 3.2

Asheville, NC

-0.4 4.0 3.6

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-0.4 6.9 6.5

Bend-Redmond, OR

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Canton-Massillon, OH

-0.4 5.0 4.6

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.4 4.6 4.2

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.4 2.8 2.4

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-0.4 4.3 3.9

Gettysburg, PA

-0.4 3.5 3.1

Grand Island, NE

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.4 4.0 3.6

Hot Springs, AR

-0.4 4.0 3.6

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.4 3.1 2.7

Jackson, MS

-0.4 4.3 3.9

Jefferson City, MO

-0.4 3.0 2.6

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-0.4 3.5 3.1

Lancaster, PA

-0.4 3.7 3.3

Las Cruces, NM

-0.4 6.7 6.3

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.4 4.1 3.7

Pocatello, ID

-0.4 3.4 3.0

Prescott, AZ

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.4 6.9 6.5

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-0.4 4.1 3.7

Springfield, IL

-0.4 4.4 4.0

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.4 3.8 3.4

Terre Haute, IN

-0.4 4.5 4.1

Texarkana, TX-AR

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Tucson, AZ

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Waco, TX

-0.4 3.9 3.5

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-0.4 6.5 6.1

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.3 4.7 4.4

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Bloomington, IN

-0.3 3.9 3.6

Burlington, NC

-0.3 4.5 4.2

Carson City, NV

-0.3 5.3 5.0

Columbia, MO

-0.3 2.6 2.3

Dubuque, IA

-0.3 2.7 2.4

East Stroudsburg, PA

-0.3 5.7 5.4

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.3 5.0 4.7

Greenville, NC

-0.3 5.2 4.9

Jacksonville, NC

-0.3 5.5 5.2

Lawton, OK

-0.3 4.4 4.1

Lincoln, NE

-0.3 2.4 2.1

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

-0.3 5.3 5.0

Raleigh, NC

-0.3 4.2 3.9

State College, PA

-0.3 3.5 3.2

Wilmington, NC

-0.3 4.6 4.3

Winston-Salem, NC

-0.3 4.6 4.3

York-Hanover, PA

-0.3 4.1 3.8

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-0.3 5.7 5.4

Akron, OH

-0.2 4.6 4.4

Ames, IA

-0.2 1.7 1.5

Beckley, WV

-0.2 6.1 5.9

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-0.2 4.4 4.2

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

-0.2 2.4 2.2

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-0.2 4.8 4.6

Columbus, OH

-0.2 3.7 3.5

Dayton, OH

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.2 4.1 3.9

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.2 2.4 2.2

Lebanon, PA

-0.2 4.0 3.8

Logan, UT-ID

-0.2 2.4 2.2

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.2 3.7 3.5

Mansfield, OH

-0.2 5.1 4.9

Muncie, IN

-0.2 4.5 4.3

Reno, NV

-0.2 4.2 4.0

Santa Fe, NM

-0.2 5.1 4.9

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-0.2 3.6 3.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Bismarck, ND

-0.1 2.5 2.4

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

-0.1 3.4 3.3

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

-0.1 2.3 2.2

Fargo, ND-MN

-0.1 2.1 2.0

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

-0.1 3.6 3.5

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-0.1 5.2 5.1

Iowa City, IA

-0.1 2.1 2.0

Jonesboro, AR

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-0.1 5.2 5.1

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-0.1 3.1 3.0

Manchester, NH NECTA

-0.1 2.5 2.4

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

-0.1 4.5 4.4

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

-0.1 2.4 2.3

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-0.1 4.3 4.2

Richmond, VA

-0.1 3.9 3.8

Roanoke, VA

-0.1 3.7 3.6

Toledo, OH

-0.1 4.5 4.4

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.1 3.3 3.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.0 4.1 4.1

Charlottesville, VA

0.0 3.2 3.2

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

0.0 3.9 3.9

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

0.0 2.5 2.5

Florence, SC

0.0 4.5 4.5

Greeley, CO

0.0 2.6 2.6

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

0.0 3.9 3.9

Harrisonburg, VA

0.0 3.5 3.5

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

0.0 3.8 3.8

Lynchburg, VA

0.0 4.2 4.2

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

0.0 4.3 4.3

Pine Bluff, AR

0.0 4.5 4.5

Salisbury, MD-DE

0.0 5.6 5.6

Spartanburg, SC

0.0 3.8 3.8

St. George, UT

0.0 2.8 2.8

Sumter, SC

0.0 4.9 4.9

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

0.0 3.6 3.6

Bowling Green, KY

0.1 3.4 3.5

Charleston, WV

0.1 5.0 5.1

Cheyenne, WY

0.1 3.5 3.6

Lexington-Fayette, KY

0.1 3.1 3.2

Missoula, MT

0.1 3.4 3.5

Owensboro, KY

0.1 3.9 4.0

Provo-Orem, UT

0.1 2.3 2.4

Salt Lake City, UT

0.1 2.5 2.6

Ann Arbor, MI

0.2 2.9 3.1

Colorado Springs, CO

0.2 3.1 3.3

Columbia, SC

0.2 3.8 4.0

Cumberland, MD-WV

0.2 5.0 5.2

Danbury, CT NECTA

0.2 3.1 3.3

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

0.2 2.6 2.8

Jackson, MI

0.2 3.9 4.1

Midland, MI

0.2 3.9 4.1

Morgantown, WV

0.2 3.5 3.7

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

0.2 4.1 4.3

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

0.2 2.7 2.9

Pueblo, CO

0.2 4.2 4.4

Bay City, MI

0.3 4.2 4.5

Billings, MT

0.3 3.2 3.5

California-Lexington Park, MD

0.3 3.6 3.9

Dover, DE

0.3 4.0 4.3

Elmira, NY

0.3 5.2 5.5

Fort Collins, CO

0.3 2.2 2.5

Glens Falls, NY

0.3 4.9 5.2

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

0.3 2.9 3.2

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

0.3 3.6 3.9

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

0.3 5.0 5.3

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

0.4 6.9 7.3

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

0.4 2.6 3.0

Boulder, CO

0.4 2.1 2.5

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

0.4 3.9 4.3

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.4 4.9 5.3

Great Falls, MT

0.4 3.5 3.9

Kingston, NY

0.4 4.1 4.5

Monroe, MI

0.4 3.5 3.9

New Haven, CT NECTA

0.4 3.9 4.3

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

0.4 4.1 4.5

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

0.5 3.8 4.3

Binghamton, NY

0.5 4.9 5.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

0.5 3.9 4.4

Ithaca, NY

0.5 3.8 4.3

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

0.5 3.2 3.7

Muskegon, MI

0.5 4.4 4.9

Saginaw, MI

0.5 4.2 4.7

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

0.5 3.4 3.9

Syracuse, NY

0.5 4.6 5.1

Waterbury, CT NECTA

0.5 4.9 5.4

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

0.5 6.3 6.8

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

0.5 3.0 3.5

Anchorage, AK

0.6 5.7 6.3

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

0.6 3.4 4.0

Battle Creek, MI

0.6 3.8 4.4

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

0.6 3.2 3.8

Rapid City, SD

0.6 3.0 3.6

Rochester, NY

0.6 4.5 5.1

Sioux Falls, SD

0.6 2.3 2.9

Utica-Rome, NY

0.6 4.7 5.3

Fairbanks, AK

0.7 5.6 6.3

Flint, MI

0.7 4.4 5.1

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

0.7 3.3 4.0

Trenton, NJ

0.7 3.5 4.2

New Bedford, MA NECTA

0.9 4.0 4.9

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

1.0 6.1 7.1

Ocean City, NJ

1.4 10.7 12.1
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Note: Data are not seasonally adjusted.

El Centro, California, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November (–3.0 percentage points), followed by Odessa, Texas (–2.5 points), and Mobile, Alabama (–2.4 points). Ocean City, New Jersey, had the largest over-the-year rate increase (+1.4 points), followed by Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey (+1.0 point), and New Bedford, Massachusetts (+0.9 point).

Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate in November 2017 (1.5 percent), followed by Mankato-North Mankato, Minnesota, and Urban Honolulu, Hawaii (1.9 percent each). El Centro, California (19.8 percent) and Yuma, Arizona (15.6 percent) had the highest unemployment rates. A total of 187 areas had November 2017 jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 3.9 percent, 182 areas had rates below it, and 19 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

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 — November 2017" (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates down in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending November 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rates-down-in-304-of-the-388-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-november-2017.htm (visited June 18, 2018).

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