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49 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from October 2018 to October 2019

December 03, 2019

Forty-nine metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from October 2018 to October 2019, and 340 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan areas occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (98,700), followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey (84,600), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (80,700). 

Percent change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, October 2018 to October 2019
Metropolitan area Percent change Net change

Ocean City, NJ

7.1% 3,000

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

5.2 8,900

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

5.0 4,100

Reno, NV

4.7 11,800

Wilmington, NC

4.7 6,000

Merced, CA

4.3 3,000

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

4.3 11,600

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

4.3 11,500

Idaho Falls, ID

4.2 2,900

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4.0 10,400

Asheville, NC

4.0 8,000

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

3.9 3,000

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

3.9 2,100

Carson City, NV

3.6 1,100

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

3.4 3,900

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.4 44,900

Gainesville, GA

3.4 3,200

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.4 36,300

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

3.3 1,100

Raleigh, NC

3.3 20,700

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

3.3 8,700

Provo-Orem, UT

3.3 9,000

Fort Collins, CO

3.2 5,500

Jacksonville, FL

3.2 22,900

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

3.2 4,800

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

3.2 16,000

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.2 2,700

Kennewick-Richland, WA

3.2 3,800

Boulder, CO

3.1 6,200

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

3.1 7,000

Fresno, CA

3.0 10,700

Salinas, CA

3.0 4,300

Tallahassee, FL

3.0 5,600

Albany, OR

3.0 1,400

Medford, OR

3.0 2,700

Sioux Falls, SD

3.0 4,700

St. George, UT

3.0 2,100

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

2.9 33,000

Topeka, KS

2.9 3,300

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.9 59,600

Huntsville, AL

2.8 6,700

Madera, CA

2.8 1,100

Visalia-Porterville, CA

2.8 3,500

Champaign-Urbana, IL

2.8 3,200

Winston-Salem, NC

2.8 7,400

Logan, UT-ID

2.8 1,800

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2.7 1,800

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.7 66,800

Ocala, FL

2.7 2,800

The Villages, FL

2.7 800

Hattiesburg, MS

2.7 1,800

Ithaca, NY

2.7 1,800

Killeen-Temple, TX

2.7 3,900

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

2.7 2,500

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

2.6 56,500

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.6 34,800

Lexington-Fayette, KY

2.6 7,300

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.6 27,800

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.6 98,700

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2.6 80,400

Salt Lake City, UT

2.6 19,300

Jonesboro, AR

2.5 1,500

Boise City, ID

2.5 8,300

Carbondale-Marion, IL

2.5 1,500

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.5 9,500

Missoula, MT

2.5 1,600

Grants Pass, OR

2.5 700

Spartanburg, SC

2.5 4,000

Winchester, VA-WV

2.5 1,600

Punta Gorda, FL

2.4 1,200

Rome, GA

2.4 1,000

Warner Robins, GA

2.4 1,800

Coeur d'Alene, ID

2.4 1,600

Pocatello, ID

2.4 900

Lebanon, PA

2.4 1,300

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.3 2,600

Port St. Lucie, FL

2.3 3,500

Ames, IA

2.3 1,300

Muskegon, MI

2.3 1,500

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

2.3 3,600

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.3 27,900

Clarksville, TN-KY

2.3 2,100

Colorado Springs, CO

2.2 6,600

Hammond, LA

2.2 1,000

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

2.1 1,100

Modesto, CA

2.1 3,800

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2.1 31,900

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

2.1 2,500

Grand Junction, CO

2.1 1,400

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2.1 59,200

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

2.1 2,600

Knoxville, TN

2.1 8,600

Montgomery, AL

2.0 3,500

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

2.0 30,200

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.0 30,900

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.0 22,800

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.0 2,500

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

2.0 5,000

Bakersfield, CA

1.9 5,200

Twin Falls, ID

1.9 900

Kokomo, IN

1.9 800

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.9 12,500

Springfield, MA-CT

1.9 6,700

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

1.9 1,200

Sherman-Denison, TX

1.9 900

Janesville-Beloit, WI

1.9 1,300

Hot Springs, AR

1.8 700

Yuba City, CA

1.8 800

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

1.8 49,000

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

1.8 5,500

Brunswick, GA

1.8 800

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

1.8 1,900

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

1.8 800

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

1.8 1,100

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

1.8 21,600

Laredo, TX

1.8 1,900

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

1.8 900

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

1.8 1,400

Tucson, AZ

1.7 6,700

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

1.7 3,100

Greeley, CO

1.7 1,900

Dover, DE

1.7 1,200

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

1.7 1,300

St. Louis, MO-IL 

1.7 23,400

Trenton, NJ

1.7 4,600

College Station-Bryan, TX

1.7 2,100

Harrisonburg, VA

1.7 1,200

Walla Walla, WA

1.7 500

Sheboygan, WI

1.7 1,100

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

1.6 8,500

Decatur, AL

1.6 900

Redding, CA

1.6 1,100

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

1.6 52,300

Sebring, FL

1.6 400

Valdosta, GA

1.6 900

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

1.6 9,100

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1.6 23,200

Syracuse, NY

1.6 5,200

Altoona, PA

1.6 1,000

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

1.6 2,000

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

1.5 700

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1.5 15,000

Homosassa Springs, FL

1.5 500

Kankakee, IL

1.5 700

Columbus, IN

1.5 800

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

1.5 40,900

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

1.5 9,300

Waco, TX

1.5 1,800

Wenatchee, WA

1.5 700

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

1.4 800

Prescott, AZ

1.4 900

Hinesville, GA

1.4 300

Lewiston, ID-WA

1.4 400

Burlington, NC

1.4 900

Greenville, NC

1.4 1,100

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

1.4 900

East Stroudsburg, PA

1.4 800

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

1.4 14,700

Gadsden, AL

1.3 500

Mobile, AL

1.3 2,500

Chico, CA

1.3 1,100

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

1.3 80,700

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

1.3 1,400

Portland-South Portland, ME

1.3 2,800

Barnstable Town, MA

1.3 1,400

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

1.3 800

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.3 14,100

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

1.3 13,300

Chattanooga, TN-GA

1.3 3,500

Corpus Christi, TX

1.3 2,600

El Paso, TX

1.3 4,300

Lubbock, TX

1.3 2,000

Charlottesville, VA

1.3 1,600

Roanoke, VA

1.3 2,100

Eau Claire, WI

1.3 1,100

Green Bay, WI

1.3 2,400

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

1.3 11,800

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

1.2 500

Napa, CA

1.2 900

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

1.2 2,400

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

1.2 3,000

Dalton, GA

1.2 800

Springfield, IL

1.2 1,400

Baton Rouge, LA

1.2 4,900

Ann Arbor, MI

1.2 2,800

Grand Island, NE

1.2 500

Las Cruces, NM

1.2 900

Kingston, NY

1.2 800

Dayton, OH

1.2 4,700

Reading, PA

1.2 2,200

State College, PA

1.2 1,000

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

1.2 5,200

Sumter, SC

1.2 500

Yakima, WA

1.2 1,100

Madison, WI

1.2 4,700

Flagstaff, AZ

1.1 800

Decatur, IL

1.1 600

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.1 500

Leominster-Gardner, MA

1.1 600

Rochester, MN

1.1 1,400

Elmira, NY

1.1 400

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

1.1 3,500

Oklahoma City, OK

1.1 7,200

Jackson, TN

1.1 800

Wausau, WI

1.1 800

Cheyenne, WY

1.1 500

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

1.0 3,600

El Centro, CA

1.0 500

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

1.0 3,000

Santa Rosa, CA

1.0 2,200

New Haven, CT

1.0 2,800

Urban Honolulu, HI

1.0 4,600

Muncie, IN

1.0 500

Pittsfield, MA

1.0 400

Jackson, MS

1.0 2,800

Albuquerque, NM

1.0 3,800

Rochester, NY

1.0 5,200

Eugene, OR

1.0 1,700

Salem, OR

1.0 1,700

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

1.0 28,600

Rapid City, SD

1.0 700

Abilene, TX

1.0 700

Longview, WA

1.0 400

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

0.9 3,800

Waterbury, CT

0.9 600

Macon-Bibb County, GA

0.9 900

Wichita, KS

0.9 2,800

St. Cloud, MN

0.9 1,000

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

0.9 84,600

Fayetteville, NC

0.9 1,200

New Bern, NC

0.9 400

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

0.9 9,700

Columbus, OH

0.9 10,000

Lawton, OK

0.9 400

Corvallis, OR

0.9 400

Florence, SC

0.9 800

Morristown, TN

0.9 400

Lynchburg, VA

0.9 1,000

Bellingham, WA

0.9 900

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

0.9 900

Dothan, AL

0.8 500

Athens-Clarke County, GA

0.8 800

Savannah, GA

0.8 1,400

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

0.8 8,800

Springfield, MO

0.8 1,800

Portsmouth, NH-ME

0.8 800

Greensboro-High Point, NC

0.8 2,900

Gettysburg, PA

0.8 300

San Angelo, TX

0.8 400

Tyler, TX

0.8 900

Richmond, VA

0.8 5,300

Casper, WY

0.8 300

Gainesville, FL

0.7 1,000

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

0.7 35,800

Rockford, IL

0.7 1,100

Terre Haute, IN

0.7 500

Lawrence, KS

0.7 400

Lafayette, LA

0.7 1,500

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

0.7 1,000

Duluth, MN-WI

0.7 1,000

Joplin, MO

0.7 600

Lincoln, NE

0.7 1,300

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

0.7 400

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

0.7 300

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

0.7 300

Amarillo, TX

0.7 800

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

0.6 1,300

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

0.6 900

Cedar Rapids, IA

0.6 800

Owensboro, KY

0.6 300

New Bedford, MA

0.6 400

Jefferson City, MO

0.6 500

Great Falls, MT

0.6 200

Jacksonville, NC

0.6 300

Fargo, ND-MN

0.6 800

Lima, OH

0.6 300

Mansfield, OH

0.6 300

Williamsport, PA

0.6 300

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

0.6 3,800

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

0.5 200

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

0.5 700

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

0.5 300

Billings, MT

0.5 400

Manchester, NH

0.5 600

Canton-Massillon, OH

0.5 900

Johnstown, PA

0.5 300

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

0.5 200

Racine, WI

0.5 400

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

0.4 500

Danbury, CT

0.4 300

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

0.4 700

Bloomington, IL

0.4 400

Bloomington, IN

0.4 300

Bangor, ME

0.4 300

Farmington, NM

0.4 200

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.4 2,300

Glens Falls, NY

0.4 200

Springfield, OH

0.4 200

Tulsa, OK

0.4 2,000

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

0.4 1,700

Johnson City, TN

0.4 300

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

0.4 600

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

0.4 3,100

Pueblo, CO

0.3 200

Dubuque, IA

0.3 200

Bowling Green, KY

0.3 200

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

0.3 1,700

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

0.3 1,000

Midland, TX

0.3 300

Texarkana, TX-AR

0.3 200

Albany, GA

0.2 100

Lake Charles, LA

0.2 200

Columbia, MO

0.2 200

Grand Forks, ND-MN

0.2 100

York-Hanover, PA

0.2 300

Cleveland, TN

0.2 100

Odessa, TX

0.2 200

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

0.2 100

Beckley, WV

0.2 100

Appleton, WI

0.2 200

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

0.1 100

Columbia, SC

0.1 400

Danville, IL

0.0 0

Fort Wayne, IN

0.0 0

Manhattan, KS

0.0 0

Cumberland, MD-WV

0.0 0

Bismarck, ND

0.0 0

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

0.0 0

Fond du Lac, WI

0.0 0

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-0.1 -200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 

-0.1 -100

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.1 -100

Worcester, MA-CT

-0.1 -300

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.1 -1,100

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-0.1 -100

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-0.1 -500

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.1 -400

Lancaster, PA

-0.1 -300

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-0.1 -200

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.2 -1,100

Salisbury, MD-DE 

-0.2 -400

Columbus, GA-AL

-0.2 -200

Monroe, MI

-0.2 -100

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-0.2 -100

Binghamton, NY

-0.2 -200

Utica-Rome, NY

-0.2 -300

Goldsboro, NC

-0.2 -100

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-0.2 -300

Toledo, OH

-0.2 -500

Erie, PA

-0.2 -200

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.2 -3,000

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.2 -400

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.3 -300

Anchorage, AK

-0.4 -700

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.4 -400

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.4 -200

Enid, OK

-0.4 -100

Wheeling, WV-OH

-0.4 -300

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.5 -500

Alexandria, LA

-0.5 -300

Saginaw, MI

-0.5 -400

Longview, TX

-0.5 -500

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.5 -300

Charleston, WV

-0.5 -500

Panama City, FL

-0.6 -500

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

-0.6 -300

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-0.6 -11,300

Yuma, AZ

-0.7 -400

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-0.7 -1,600

Akron, OH

-0.7 -2,500

Peoria, IL

-0.8 -1,500

Midland, MI

-0.8 -300

Iowa City, IA

-0.9 -900

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-0.9 -1,600

Battle Creek, MI

-0.9 -500

Santa Fe, NM

-0.9 -600

Victoria, TX

-0.9 -400

Morgantown, WV

-1.0 -700

Fairbanks, AK

-1.1 -400

Monroe, LA

-1.1 -900

Pine Bluff, AR

-1.2 -400

Jackson, MI

-1.2 -700

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-1.6 -3,500

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-2.0 -1,700

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-2.0 -800

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-2.4 -2,600

Flint, MI

-2.7 -3,800

Bay City, MI

-3.6 -1,300

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-3.6 -2,800

The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Ocean City, New Jersey (7.1%), Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina (5.2%), and Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina (5.0%).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2019." 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, 49 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from October 2018 to October 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/49-metro-areas-had-increases-in-nonfarm-employment-from-october-2018-to-october-2019.htm (visited December 10, 2019).

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