In September 2018, unemployment rates were lower than they were a year earlier in 308 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 58 areas, and unchanged in 22 areas. A total of 201 metropolitan areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.6 percent, 169 areas had rates above it, and 18 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. In September 2018, the national unemployment rate was 3.6 percent.
At 1.4 percent, Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation in September. El Centro, California (19.3 percent), and Yuma, Arizona (19.1 percent), had the highest unemployment rates in September. Brunswick, Georgia, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease (–3.2 percentage points), and Texarkana, Texas-Arkansas, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase (+0.9 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 — September 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, Unemployment rates down in 308 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending September 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rates-down-in-308-of-the-388-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-september-2018.htm (visited September 23, 2023).