Unemployment rates down in 350 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending May 2018

July 02, 2018

In May 2018, unemployment rates were lower than they were a year earlier in 350 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 20 areas, and unchanged in 18 areas. A total of 191 metropolitan areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.6 percent, 175 areas had rates above it, and 22 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. In May 2017, the national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.

Metropolitan area unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, May 2018
Metropolitan area May 2017 unemployment rate May 2018 unemployment rate(p) Over-the-year change (p)

Ames, IA

1.9% 1.5% -0.4 percentage points

Iowa City, IA

2.4 1.8 -0.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

2.2 1.9 -0.3

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

2.2 2.0 -0.2

Fort Collins, CO

2.2 2.0 -0.2

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

2.6 2.0 -0.6

Boulder, CO

2.2 2.1 -0.1

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.8 2.1 -0.7

Dubuque, IA

2.6 2.1 -0.5

Fargo, ND-MN

2.0 2.1 0.1

Madison, WI

2.4 2.1 -0.3

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

2.6 2.1 -0.5

Midland, TX

3.0 2.1 -0.9

Rochester, MN

2.6 2.1 -0.5

Greeley, CO

2.4 2.2 -0.2

Idaho Falls, ID

2.3 2.2 -0.1

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

2.8 2.2 -0.6

Logan, UT-ID

2.6 2.2 -0.4

Bismarck, ND

2.0 2.3 0.3

Columbia, MO

2.6 2.3 -0.3

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.4 2.3 -0.1

Eau Claire, WI

2.8 2.3 -0.5

Fond du Lac, WI

2.6 2.3 -0.3

Grand Forks, ND-MN

2.4 2.3 -0.1

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.0 2.3 -0.7

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.5 2.3 -0.2

Portsmouth, NH-ME NECTA

2.3 2.3 0.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.1 2.3 -0.8

Sheboygan, WI

2.7 2.3 -0.4

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.9 2.3 -0.6

Appleton, WI

2.7 2.4 -0.3

Boise City, ID

2.7 2.4 -0.3

Cedar Rapids, IA

3.2 2.4 -0.8

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

3.3 2.4 -0.9

Dover-Durham, NH-ME NECTA

2.3 2.4 0.1

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

2.4 2.4 0.0

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.9 2.4 -0.5

Pocatello, ID

2.6 2.4 -0.2

Portland-South Portland, ME NECTA

2.7 2.4 -0.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.1 2.4 -0.7

Santa Rosa, CA

3.0 2.4 -0.6

Sioux Falls, SD

2.7 2.4 -0.3

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

3.3 2.4 -0.9

Wausau, WI

2.7 2.4 -0.3

Billings, MT

2.9 2.5 -0.4

Charlottesville, VA

3.3 2.5 -0.8

Columbus, IN

2.5 2.5 0.0

Green Bay, WI

2.8 2.5 -0.3

Manchester, NH NECTA

2.5 2.5 0.0

Missoula, MT

3.1 2.5 -0.6

Napa, CA

3.2 2.5 -0.7

Provo-Orem, UT

2.9 2.5 -0.4

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

3.1 2.5 -0.6

St. Cloud, MN

3.0 2.5 -0.5

Amarillo, TX

2.9 2.6 -0.3

Corvallis, OR

2.8 2.6 -0.2

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

2.7 2.6 -0.1

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

3.5 2.6 -0.9

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

3.5 2.6 -0.9

Jefferson City, MO

3.0 2.6 -0.4

Lincoln, NE

2.6 2.6 0.0

Spartanburg, SC

3.6 2.6 -1.0

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

3.3 2.7 -0.6

Gettysburg, PA

3.7 2.7 -1.0

Great Falls, MT

3.1 2.7 -0.4

Knoxville, TN

3.0 2.7 -0.3

Manhattan, KS

3.0 2.7 -0.3

Salt Lake City, UT

3.1 2.7 -0.4

Springfield, MO

3.3 2.7 -0.6

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.0 2.8 -0.2

College Station-Bryan, TX

3.1 2.8 -0.3

Colorado Springs, CO

2.9 2.8 -0.1

Columbia, SC

3.6 2.8 -0.8

Gainesville, GA

3.8 2.8 -1.0

Janesville-Beloit, WI

3.6 2.8 -0.8

Joplin, MO

3.5 2.8 -0.7

Lewiston-Auburn, ME NECTA

3.2 2.8 -0.4

Lubbock, TX

3.0 2.8 -0.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.4 2.8 -0.6

Odessa, TX

4.1 2.8 -1.3

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.1 2.8 -0.3

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.9 2.8 -0.1

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

3.6 2.8 -0.8

Winchester, VA-WV

3.3 2.8 -0.5

Asheville, NC

3.5 2.9 -0.6

Coeur d'Alene, ID

3.1 2.9 -0.2

Grand Island, NE

2.8 2.9 0.1

Grand Junction, CO

3.4 2.9 -0.5

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.1 2.9 -0.2

Harrisonburg, VA

3.8 2.9 -0.9

Lancaster, PA

3.8 2.9 -0.9

Lawrence, KS

3.2 2.9 -0.3

Lewiston, ID-WA

2.9 2.9 0.0

Roanoke, VA

3.7 2.9 -0.8

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

3.7 2.9 -0.8

St. Joseph, MO-KS

3.5 2.9 -0.6

Ann Arbor, MI

3.3 3.0 -0.3

Bangor, ME NECTA

3.6 3.0 -0.6

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

4.0 3.0 -1.0

Fort Wayne, IN

2.9 3.0 0.1

Gainesville, FL

3.5 3.0 -0.5

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.0 3.0 0.0

Jonesboro, AR

3.1 3.0 -0.1

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

3.0 3.0 0.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.7 3.0 -0.7

Rapid City, SD

3.3 3.0 -0.3

Richmond, VA

3.8 3.0 -0.8

St. George, UT

3.3 3.0 -0.3

State College, PA

4.0 3.0 -1.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

3.4 3.1 -0.3

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

3.8 3.1 -0.7

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

4.6 3.1 -1.5

Chattanooga, TN-GA

3.5 3.1 -0.4

Cleveland, TN

3.3 3.1 -0.2

Evansville, IN-KY

3.3 3.1 -0.2

Jacksonville, FL

3.8 3.1 -0.7

Lebanon, PA

4.0 3.1 -0.9

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

3.7 3.1 -0.6

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

3.8 3.1 -0.7

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3.9 3.1 -0.8

Racine, WI

3.7 3.1 -0.6

San Angelo, TX

3.7 3.1 -0.6

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

3.7 3.1 -0.6

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.5 3.1 -0.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

4.0 3.1 -0.9

Abilene, TX

3.7 3.2 -0.5

Athens-Clarke County, GA

4.2 3.2 -1.0

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

3.9 3.2 -0.7

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

3.5 3.2 -0.3

Florence, SC

4.4 3.2 -1.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

4.2 3.2 -1.0

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.7 3.2 -0.5

Kokomo, IN

3.3 3.2 -0.1

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

3.2 3.2 0.0

Morristown, TN

3.4 3.2 -0.2

Panama City, FL

4.0 3.2 -0.8

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

3.9 3.2 -0.7

Raleigh, NC

3.8 3.2 -0.6

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.4 3.2 -0.2

Tallahassee, FL

3.8 3.2 -0.6

Trenton, NJ

3.9 3.2 -0.7

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

3.6 3.2 -0.4

York-Hanover, PA

4.3 3.2 -1.1

Bloomington, IL

3.7 3.3 -0.4

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.8 3.3 -0.5

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

4.0 3.3 -0.7

Huntsville, AL

3.6 3.3 -0.3

Ithaca, NY

4.0 3.3 -0.7

Jackson, TN

3.6 3.3 -0.3

Johnson City, TN

3.6 3.3 -0.3

Lexington-Fayette, KY

3.9 3.3 -0.6

Lynchburg, VA

4.2 3.3 -0.9

Reno, NV

4.1 3.3 -0.8

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

4.2 3.3 -0.9

Savannah, GA

4.2 3.3 -0.9

St. Louis, MO-IL

3.6 3.3 -0.3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

3.9 3.3 -0.6

Topeka, KS

3.5 3.3 -0.2

Wichita Falls, TX

3.5 3.3 -0.2

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

4.4 3.4 -1.0

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3.6 3.4 -0.2

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.6 3.4 -0.2

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

3.7 3.4 -0.3

Brunswick, GA

4.5 3.4 -1.1

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

4.1 3.4 -0.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4.4 3.4 -1.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.6 3.4 -0.2

Duluth, MN-WI

4.3 3.4 -0.9

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

3.7 3.4 -0.3

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

4.2 3.4 -0.8

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.1 3.4 -0.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.6 3.4 -0.2

Santa Fe, NM

4.8 3.4 -1.4

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

3.3 3.4 0.1

Springfield, IL

3.6 3.4 -0.2

Sumter, SC

4.8 3.4 -1.4

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

4.4 3.4 -1.0

Wilmington, NC

4.0 3.4 -0.6

Altoona, PA

4.8 3.5 -1.3

Bowling Green, KY

4.1 3.5 -0.6

Burlington, NC

4.1 3.5 -0.6

Columbus, OH

3.7 3.5 -0.2

Danbury, CT NECTA

3.8 3.5 -0.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.0 3.5 -0.5

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

4.3 3.5 -0.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

4.2 3.5 -0.7

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

4.3 3.5 -0.8

Pueblo, CO

3.8 3.5 -0.3

Tyler, TX

3.8 3.5 -0.3

Waco, TX

3.7 3.5 -0.2

Winston-Salem, NC

4.2 3.5 -0.7

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

4.1 3.6 -0.5

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

4.7 3.6 -1.1

Champaign-Urbana, IL

3.8 3.6 -0.2

Cheyenne, WY

3.4 3.6 0.2

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

4.0 3.6 -0.4

Decatur, AL

3.9 3.6 -0.3

Enid, OK

4.1 3.6 -0.5

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

4.0 3.6 -0.4

Kansas City, MO-KS

3.6 3.6 0.0

Laredo, TX

4.1 3.6 -0.5

Montgomery, AL

3.7 3.6 -0.1

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

4.4 3.6 -0.8

Oklahoma City, OK

4.0 3.6 -0.4

Pittsburgh, PA

4.9 3.6 -1.3

Prescott, AZ

4.3 3.6 -0.7

Reading, PA

4.6 3.6 -1.0

Rome, GA

5.0 3.6 -1.4

Salem, OR

3.9 3.6 -0.3

Tucson, AZ

4.3 3.6 -0.7

Warner Robins, GA

4.8 3.6 -1.2

Wichita, KS

4.1 3.6 -0.5

Worcester, MA-CT NECTA

3.9 3.6 -0.3

Bloomington, IN

3.4 3.7 0.3

Clarksville, TN-KY

4.4 3.7 -0.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

3.4 3.7 0.3

Kingston, NY

4.3 3.7 -0.6

Lake Charles, LA

3.9 3.7 -0.2

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

4.4 3.7 -0.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.1 3.7 -0.4

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

4.7 3.7 -1.0

Punta Gorda, FL

4.6 3.7 -0.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.6 3.7 -0.9

Valdosta, GA

4.4 3.7 -0.7

Albuquerque, NM

5.4 3.8 -1.6

Barnstable Town, MA NECTA

4.1 3.8 -0.3

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

4.6 3.8 -0.8

California-Lexington Park, MD

3.7 3.8 0.1

Dothan, AL

4.0 3.8 -0.2

Dover, DE

4.7 3.8 -0.9

Eugene, OR

4.0 3.8 -0.2

Jackson, MI

4.2 3.8 -0.4

Leominster-Gardner, MA NECTA

4.3 3.8 -0.5

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

4.0 3.8 -0.2

Muncie, IN

3.8 3.8 0.0

New Bern, NC

4.5 3.8 -0.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

3.9 3.8 -0.1

Victoria, TX

4.6 3.8 -0.8

Albany, OR

4.3 3.9 -0.4

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

4.9 3.9 -1.0

Gadsden, AL

4.2 3.9 -0.3

Greensboro-High Point, NC

4.6 3.9 -0.7

Hinesville, GA

4.9 3.9 -1.0

Hot Springs, AR

3.9 3.9 0.0

Killeen-Temple, TX

4.1 3.9 -0.2

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.2 3.9 -0.3

Macon-Bibb County, GA

5.0 3.9 -1.1

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

3.9 3.9 0.0

Midland, MI

4.3 3.9 -0.4

Owensboro, KY

4.5 3.9 -0.6

Port St. Lucie, FL

4.6 3.9 -0.7

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

4.1 3.9 -0.2

Tulsa, OK

4.6 3.9 -0.7

Tuscaloosa, AL

4.0 3.9 -0.1

Akron, OH

4.5 4.0 -0.5

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

4.1 4.0 -0.1

Dayton, OH

4.3 4.0 -0.3

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

4.3 4.0 -0.3

Fort Smith, AR-OK

4.1 4.0 -0.1

Glens Falls, NY

4.4 4.0 -0.4

Jacksonville, NC

4.7 4.0 -0.7

Longview, TX

5.0 4.0 -1.0

Monroe, MI

4.3 4.0 -0.3

Ocala, FL

4.8 4.0 -0.8

Rochester, NY

4.7 4.0 -0.7

Terre Haute, IN

3.8 4.0 0.2

Battle Creek, MI

4.5 4.1 -0.4

Dalton, GA

5.2 4.1 -1.1

El Paso, TX

4.5 4.1 -0.4

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

4.8 4.1 -0.7

Erie, PA

5.6 4.1 -1.5

Goldsboro, NC

4.9 4.1 -0.8

Lima, OH

4.5 4.1 -0.4

Medford, OR

4.4 4.1 -0.3

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

4.9 4.1 -0.8

Springfield, MA-CT NECTA

4.4 4.1 -0.3

Syracuse, NY

4.8 4.1 -0.7

Williamsport, PA

5.5 4.1 -1.4

Albany, GA

5.5 4.2 -1.3

Baton Rouge, LA

4.4 4.2 -0.2

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA

4.7 4.2 -0.5

Carbondale-Marion, IL

4.3 4.2 -0.1

Carson City, NV

4.9 4.2 -0.7

Flagstaff, AZ

5.0 4.2 -0.8

Greenville, NC

4.9 4.2 -0.7

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.8 4.2 -0.6

Johnstown, PA

5.7 4.2 -1.5

Kankakee, IL

4.6 4.2 -0.4

Morgantown, WV

3.4 4.2 0.8

New Haven, CT NECTA

4.7 4.2 -0.5

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

4.4 4.2 -0.2

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA

4.6 4.2 -0.4

Peoria, IL

4.8 4.2 -0.6

Pittsfield, MA NECTA

4.4 4.2 -0.2

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

5.4 4.2 -1.2

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

5.0 4.3 -0.7

Chico, CA

5.2 4.3 -0.9

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

3.9 4.3 0.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

4.6 4.3 -0.3

Lawton, OK

4.5 4.3 -0.2

Mansfield, OH

4.9 4.3 -0.6

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

5.1 4.3 -0.8

Springfield, OH

4.3 4.3 0.0

Utica-Rome, NY

4.9 4.3 -0.6

Walla Walla, WA

4.5 4.3 -0.2

Binghamton, NY

5.1 4.4 -0.7

Canton-Massillon, OH

4.8 4.4 -0.4

Casper, WY

5.0 4.4 -0.6

Columbus, GA-AL

5.2 4.4 -0.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.2 4.4 -0.8

Mobile, AL

4.7 4.4 -0.3

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

4.7 4.4 -0.3

Redding, CA

5.3 4.4 -0.9

Rockford, IL

5.8 4.4 -1.4

Salisbury, MD-DE

4.7 4.4 -0.3

Sebring, FL

5.2 4.4 -0.8

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

4.5 4.5 0.0

Bellingham, WA

4.7 4.5 -0.2

Decatur, IL

4.7 4.5 -0.2

Farmington, NM

6.7 4.5 -2.2

Jackson, MS

4.7 4.5 -0.2

Grants Pass, OR

4.8 4.6 -0.2

Hattiesburg, MS

4.9 4.6 -0.3

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

5.5 4.6 -0.9

Muskegon, MI

4.8 4.6 -0.2

Saginaw, MI

5.0 4.6 -0.4

Bay City, MI

5.2 4.7 -0.5

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

4.8 4.7 -0.1

East Stroudsburg, PA

5.9 4.7 -1.2

Elmira, NY

5.4 4.7 -0.7

Fayetteville, NC

5.4 4.7 -0.7

Flint, MI

5.0 4.7 -0.3

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

4.8 4.7 -0.1

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

5.2 4.7 -0.5

Toledo, OH

5.4 4.7 -0.7

Homosassa Springs, FL

5.6 4.8 -0.8

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

5.5 4.8 -0.7

Texarkana, TX-AR

4.4 4.8 0.4

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

5.9 4.8 -1.1

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.5 4.9 -0.6

Corpus Christi, TX

5.3 4.9 -0.4

Lafayette, LA

5.7 4.9 -0.8

Las Cruces, NM

6.6 4.9 -1.7

New Bedford, MA NECTA

5.2 4.9 -0.3

Pine Bluff, AR

4.7 4.9 0.2

Wenatchee, WA

5.3 4.9 -0.4

Hammond, LA

5.7 5.0 -0.7

Monroe, LA

5.3 5.0 -0.3

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

5.2 5.0 -0.2

The Villages, FL

6.1 5.0 -1.1

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

6.0 5.0 -1.0

Wheeling, WV-OH

5.1 5.0 -0.1

Alexandria, LA

5.8 5.1 -0.7

Danville, IL

5.7 5.1 -0.6

Charleston, WV

4.7 5.2 0.5

Cumberland, MD-WV

5.0 5.2 0.2

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

5.3 5.2 -0.1

Kennewick-Richland, WA

5.2 5.2 0.0

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

4.9 5.2 0.3

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

5.6 5.2 -0.4

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

5.2 5.2 0.0

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

6.7 5.3 -1.4

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

5.5 5.3 -0.2

Salinas, CA

5.9 5.3 -0.6

Stockton-Lodi, CA

6.3 5.3 -1.0

Waterbury, CT NECTA

5.7 5.3 -0.4

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

6.2 5.4 -0.8

Beckley, WV

5.0 5.5 0.5

Longview, WA

5.8 5.8 0.0

Rocky Mount, NC

6.7 5.8 -0.9

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

6.2 5.8 -0.4

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

6.5 5.9 -0.6

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

6.6 6.0 -0.6

Yakima, WA

6.2 6.0 -0.2

Modesto, CA

7.2 6.1 -1.1

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

7.0 6.2 -0.8

Fairbanks, AK

6.2 6.3 0.1

Anchorage, AK

6.6 6.4 -0.2

Ocean City, NJ

7.7 6.4 -1.3

Madera, CA

7.7 6.5 -1.2

Yuba City, CA

7.8 6.5 -1.3

Fresno, CA

7.8 6.9 -0.9

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

8.0 6.9 -1.1

Bakersfield, CA

8.8 7.7 -1.1

Merced, CA

8.8 7.8 -1.0

Visalia-Porterville, CA

9.3 8.4 -0.9

El Centro, CA

17.7 15.8 -1.9

Yuma, AZ

17.2 16.0 -1.2
Footnotes:

(p) = Preliminary.

At 1.5 percent, Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation in May. Yuma, Arizona, had the highest rate, at 16.0 percent. Farmington, New Mexico, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease (–2.2 percentage points), and Morgantown, West Virginia, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase (+0.8 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. Areas in the six New England states are Metropolitan New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs), while areas in other states are county based. 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.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates down in 350 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending May 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rates-down-in-350-of-the-388-metropolitan-areas-over-the-year-ending-may-2018.htm (visited September 20, 2019).

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