April 2019 jobless rates down over the year in 306 of 389 metropolitan areas

June 04, 2019

Unemployment rates were lower in April 2019 than they were a year earlier in 306 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 57 areas, and unchanged in 26 areas.

Over-the-year change in metropolitan area unemployment rates, April 2018–April 2019
Metropolitan area Over-the-year change (in percentage points)(p) April 2018 unemployment rate April 2019 unemployment rate(p)

Ocean City, NJ

-2.8 percentage points 10.1% 7.3%

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

-1.8 6.4 4.6

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-1.7 6.0 4.3

Beckley, WV

-1.7 6.1 4.4

Yuma, AZ

-1.7 16.0 14.3

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-1.6 6.1 4.5

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-1.4 5.9 4.5

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-1.4 6.1 4.7

Carson City, NV

-1.4 5.0 3.6

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-1.4 6.4 5.0

Canton-Massillon, OH

-1.3 4.9 3.6

Charleston, WV

-1.3 5.5 4.2

Corpus Christi, TX

-1.3 4.9 3.6

Mansfield, OH

-1.3 4.7 3.4

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-1.2 4.6 3.4

Lafayette, LA

-1.2 4.6 3.4

Lima, OH

-1.2 4.2 3.0

New Bedford, MA

-1.2 5.0 3.8

Alexandria, LA

-1.1 4.8 3.7

Erie, PA

-1.1 4.5 3.4

Hammond, LA

-1.1 5.0 3.9

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-1.1 4.8 3.7

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-1.1 5.6 4.5

Wheeling, WV-OH

-1.1 5.6 4.5

Akron, OH

-1.0 4.4 3.4

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

-1.0 4.2 3.2

Casper, WY

-1.0 4.5 3.5

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-1.0 4.8 3.8

Cumberland, MD-WV

-1.0 5.5 4.5

East Stroudsburg, PA

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-1.0 4.2 3.2

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-1.0 5.4 4.4

Johnstown, PA

-1.0 4.6 3.6

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-1.0 4.2 3.2

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.0 4.8 3.8

Toledo, OH

-1.0 4.4 3.4

Waterbury, CT

-1.0 5.1 4.1

Baton Rouge, LA

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Binghamton, NY

-0.9 4.9 4.0

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-0.9 4.7 3.8

Columbus, OH

-0.9 3.6 2.7

Dayton, OH

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Dover, DE

-0.9 4.1 3.2

Elmira, NY

-0.9 4.7 3.8

Morgantown, WV

-0.9 4.2 3.3

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

-0.9 4.0 3.1

Pittsfield, MA

-0.9 4.5 3.6

Springfield, OH

-0.9 4.1 3.2

Trenton, NJ

-0.9 3.4 2.5

Williamsport, PA

-0.9 4.5 3.6

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-0.8 4.2 3.4

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.8 3.7 2.9

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-0.8 3.7 2.9

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-0.8 4.2 3.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.8 4.2 3.4

Hinesville, GA

-0.8 4.1 3.3

Monroe, LA

-0.8 4.8 4.0

New Haven, CT

-0.8 3.9 3.1

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

-0.8 3.9 3.1

Pittsburgh, PA

-0.8 3.9 3.1

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-0.8 3.9 3.1

Springfield, MA-CT

-0.8 4.0 3.2

Victoria, TX

-0.8 3.7 2.9

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

-0.8 6.1 5.3

York-Hanover, PA

-0.8 3.5 2.7

Albany, GA

-0.7 4.4 3.7

Altoona, PA

-0.7 3.8 3.1

Anchorage, AK

-0.7 6.3 5.6

Barnstable Town, MA

-0.7 4.2 3.5

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-0.7 4.0 3.3

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-0.7 3.4 2.7

Danbury, CT

-0.7 3.4 2.7

El Paso, TX

-0.7 4.0 3.3

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-0.7 3.4 2.7

Lake Charles, LA

-0.7 3.5 2.8

Lawton, OK

-0.7 3.7 3.0

Leominster-Gardner, MA

-0.7 3.8 3.1

Longview, TX

-0.7 3.9 3.2

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-0.7 4.1 3.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-0.7 3.6 2.9

Reno, NV

-0.7 3.6 2.9

Rochester, NY

-0.7 4.3 3.6

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.7 5.6 4.9

Rome, GA

-0.7 3.9 3.2

Syracuse, NY

-0.7 4.4 3.7

Utica-Rome, NY

-0.7 4.7 4.0

Valdosta, GA

-0.7 3.8 3.1

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-0.6 3.5 2.9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.6 3.6 3.0

Bismarck, ND

-0.6 3.2 2.6

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

-0.6 2.1 1.5

Cedar Rapids, IA

-0.6 2.8 2.2

Columbus, GA-AL

-0.6 4.4 3.8

Gettysburg, PA

-0.6 2.9 2.3

Glens Falls, NY

-0.6 4.8 4.2

Hot Springs, AR

-0.6 3.5 2.9

Ithaca, NY

-0.6 3.6 3.0

Jonesboro, AR

-0.6 2.9 2.3

Killeen-Temple, TX

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Kingston, NY

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-0.6 3.9 3.3

Lebanon, PA

-0.6 3.4 2.8

Muskegon, MI

-0.6 4.3 3.7

Ocala, FL

-0.6 4.1 3.5

Port St. Lucie, FL

-0.6 3.9 3.3

Reading, PA

-0.6 3.8 3.2

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-0.6 4.6 4.0

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-0.6 4.0 3.4

Sherman-Denison, TX

-0.6 3.1 2.5

State College, PA

-0.6 2.9 2.3

Tulsa, OK

-0.6 3.4 2.8

Tyler, TX

-0.6 3.4 2.8

Waco, TX

-0.6 3.3 2.7

Worcester, MA-CT

-0.6 3.5 2.9

Abilene, TX

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Bay City, MI

-0.5 4.8 4.3

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-0.5 2.9 2.4

Brunswick, GA

-0.5 3.5 3.0

California-Lexington Park, MD

-0.5 3.5 3.0

Cheyenne, WY

-0.5 3.6 3.1

Cleveland, TN

-0.5 3.3 2.8

College Station-Bryan, TX

-0.5 2.7 2.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.5 3.3 2.8

Dubuque, IA

-0.5 2.5 2.0

Fairbanks, AK

-0.5 6.3 5.8

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-0.5 2.5 2.0

Homosassa Springs, FL

-0.5 4.8 4.3

Jackson, TN

-0.5 3.4 2.9

Lancaster, PA

-0.5 3.0 2.5

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Lubbock, TX

-0.5 2.8 2.3

Midland, MI

-0.5 3.9 3.4

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-0.5 3.1 2.6

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

-0.5 3.8 3.3

Odessa, TX

-0.5 2.5 2.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.5 3.2 2.7

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-0.5 3.3 2.8

Punta Gorda, FL

-0.5 3.8 3.3

Salisbury, MD-DE

-0.5 4.9 4.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Savannah, GA

-0.5 3.4 2.9

Tallahassee, FL

-0.5 3.3 2.8

The Villages, FL

-0.5 4.9 4.4

Warner Robins, GA

-0.5 3.7 3.2

Wichita Falls, TX

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-0.5 5.3 4.8

Amarillo, TX

-0.4 2.5 2.1

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.4 2.7 2.3

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Dalton, GA

-0.4 4.4 4.0

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-0.4 3.6 3.2

Enid, OK

-0.4 3.0 2.6

Fond du Lac, WI

-0.4 2.5 2.1

Gainesville, FL

-0.4 3.1 2.7

Gainesville, GA

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Grand Junction, CO

-0.4 3.7 3.3

Great Falls, MT

-0.4 3.3 2.9

Green Bay, WI

-0.4 2.8 2.4

Idaho Falls, ID

-0.4 2.5 2.1

Iowa City, IA

-0.4 1.9 1.5

Jacksonville, FL

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Lynchburg, VA

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-0.4 4.0 3.6

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-0.4 3.1 2.7

Oklahoma City, OK

-0.4 3.0 2.6

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-0.4 3.4 3.0

Rapid City, SD

-0.4 3.4 3.0

Richmond, VA

-0.4 3.0 2.6

St. George, UT

-0.4 3.3 2.9

San Angelo, TX

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-0.4 2.6 2.2

Sioux Falls, SD

-0.4 2.8 2.4

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.4 3.3 2.9

Texarkana, TX-AR

-0.4 4.1 3.7

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.4 2.7 2.3

Appleton, WI

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-0.3 3.7 3.4

Battle Creek, MI

-0.3 4.0 3.7

Boise City, ID

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Clarksville, TN-KY

-0.3 3.7 3.4

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-0.3 3.7 3.4

Decatur, AL

-0.3 3.3 3.0

Farmington, NM

-0.3 5.1 4.8

Flint, MI

-0.3 4.6 4.3

Harrisonburg, VA

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Jackson, MI

-0.3 3.6 3.3

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-0.3 3.4 3.1

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-0.3 3.3 3.0

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-0.3 3.2 2.9

Laredo, TX

-0.3 3.5 3.2

Logan, UT-ID

-0.3 2.5 2.2

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-0.3 3.8 3.5

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-0.3 3.0 2.7

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-0.3 2.4 2.1

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-0.3 2.6 2.3

Owensboro, KY

-0.3 3.8 3.5

Pocatello, ID

-0.3 2.8 2.5

Provo-Orem, UT

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Pueblo, CO

-0.3 4.4 4.1

Racine, WI

-0.3 3.5 3.2

Roanoke, VA

-0.3 2.8 2.5

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.3 3.0 2.7

Sebring, FL

-0.3 4.3 4.0

Sheboygan, WI

-0.3 2.4 2.1

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-0.3 2.6 2.3

Wausau, WI

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Winchester, VA-WV

-0.3 2.7 2.4

Ames, IA

-0.2 1.5 1.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-0.2 4.2 4.0

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Bakersfield, CA

-0.2 8.6 8.4

Billings, MT

-0.2 3.0 2.8

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-0.2 2.7 2.5

Bloomington, IN

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Boulder, CO

-0.2 2.5 2.3

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-0.2 2.9 2.7

Charlottesville, VA

-0.2 2.4 2.2

Colorado Springs, CO

-0.2 3.5 3.3

Columbus, IN

-0.2 2.3 2.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Fargo, ND-MN

-0.2 2.7 2.5

Fort Collins, CO

-0.2 2.5 2.3

Fort Wayne, IN

-0.2 2.8 2.6

Fresno, CA

-0.2 7.9 7.7

Goldsboro, NC

-0.2 4.1 3.9

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-0.2 2.7 2.5

Greenville, NC

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-0.2 3.0 2.8

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-0.2 3.0 2.8

Jefferson City, MO

-0.2 2.5 2.3

Knoxville, TN

-0.2 2.8 2.6

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-0.2 2.6 2.4

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-0.2 2.8 2.6

Lawrence, KS

-0.2 2.9 2.7

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-0.2 3.2 3.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Midland, TX

-0.2 1.9 1.7

Missoula, MT

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Modesto, CA

-0.2 6.6 6.4

Muncie, IN

-0.2 3.6 3.4

Napa, CA

-0.2 2.9 2.7

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-0.2 3.4 3.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Pine Bluff, AR

-0.2 4.5 4.3

Redding, CA

-0.2 5.1 4.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-0.2 3.9 3.7

Saginaw, MI

-0.2 4.5 4.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-0.2 2.6 2.4

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.2 2.6 2.4

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-0.2 2.8 2.6

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-0.2 5.7 5.5

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-0.2 3.7 3.5

Tucson, AZ

-0.2 4.2 4.0

Twin Falls, ID

-0.2 2.7 2.5

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-0.2 3.0 2.8

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

-0.2 3.1 2.9

Wichita, KS

-0.2 3.5 3.3

Albuquerque, NM

-0.1 4.1 4.0

Ann Arbor, MI

-0.1 2.6 2.5

Asheville, NC

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Bangor, ME

-0.1 3.5 3.4

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.1 3.1 3.0

Bowling Green, KY

-0.1 3.5 3.4

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.1 3.4 3.3

Danville, IL

-0.1 5.4 5.3

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-0.1 2.8 2.7

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-0.1 2.3 2.2

Dothan, AL

-0.1 3.6 3.5

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

-0.1 2.4 2.3

Duluth, MN-WI

-0.1 4.1 4.0

Eau Claire, WI

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Evansville, IN-KY

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Fayetteville, NC

-0.1 4.7 4.6

Flagstaff, AZ

-0.1 4.9 4.8

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-0.1 2.9 2.8

Grants Pass, OR

-0.1 5.3 5.2

Greeley, CO

-0.1 2.6 2.5

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-0.1 3.8 3.7

Huntsville, AL

-0.1 3.0 2.9

Johnson City, TN

-0.1 3.2 3.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.1 3.1 3.0

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-0.1 5.4 5.3

Las Cruces, NM

-0.1 5.4 5.3

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

-0.1 3.3 3.2

Madera, CA

-0.1 7.7 7.6

Madison, WI

-0.1 2.1 2.0

Manchester, NH

-0.1 2.4 2.3

Merced, CA

-0.1 9.1 9.0

Montgomery, AL

-0.1 3.4 3.3

Morristown, TN

-0.1 3.3 3.2

Portland-South Portland, ME

-0.1 2.8 2.7

Portsmouth, NH-ME

-0.1 2.4 2.3

Raleigh, NC

-0.1 3.2 3.1

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-0.1 3.6 3.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-0.1 3.1 3.0

Santa Fe, NM

-0.1 3.7 3.6

Santa Rosa, CA

-0.1 2.7 2.6

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-0.1 3.5 3.4

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-0.1 6.1 6.0

Tuscaloosa, AL

-0.1 3.2 3.1

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-0.1 3.8 3.7

Albany, OR

0.0 4.5 4.5

Bend-Redmond, OR

0.0 4.0 4.0

Burlington, NC

0.0 3.4 3.4

Carbondale-Marion, IL

0.0 4.2 4.2

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

0.0 3.1 3.1

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

0.0 3.2 3.2

Eugene, OR

0.0 4.3 4.3

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.0 3.8 3.8

Gadsden, AL

0.0 3.6 3.6

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

0.0 8.3 8.3

Lewiston, ID-WA

0.0 3.3 3.3

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

0.0 3.5 3.5

Manhattan, KS

0.0 2.6 2.6

Medford, OR

0.0 4.7 4.7

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

0.0 4.1 4.1

Mobile, AL

0.0 4.2 4.2

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

0.0 2.9 2.9

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

0.0 3.7 3.7

Prescott, AZ

0.0 4.1 4.1

St. Cloud, MN

0.0 3.3 3.3

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

0.0 3.2 3.2

Springfield, MO

0.0 2.5 2.5

Topeka, KS

0.0 3.1 3.1

Visalia-Porterville, CA

0.0 9.8 9.8

Wilmington, NC

0.0 3.3 3.3

Winston-Salem, NC

0.0 3.4 3.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

0.1 3.7 3.8

Chico, CA

0.1 4.9 5.0

Columbia, MO

0.1 2.0 2.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

0.1 3.8 3.9

Grand Island, NE

0.1 2.9 3.0

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

0.1 3.3 3.4

Jacksonville, NC

0.1 4.2 4.3

Joplin, MO

0.1 2.6 2.7

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

0.1 2.7 2.8

Monroe, MI

0.1 3.4 3.5

New Bern, NC

0.1 3.7 3.8

Rochester, MN

0.1 2.6 2.7

St. Joseph, MO-KS

0.1 2.8 2.9

St. Louis, MO-IL

0.1 3.1 3.2

Salem, OR

0.1 4.1 4.2

Salinas, CA

0.1 6.9 7.0

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

0.1 5.3 5.4

Sumter, SC

0.1 3.3 3.4

Terre Haute, IN

0.1 3.8 3.9

Yuba City, CA

0.1 7.6 7.7

Columbia, SC

0.2 2.6 2.8

Corvallis, OR

0.2 2.7 2.9

Florence, SC

0.2 3.0 3.2

Hattiesburg, MS

0.2 3.9 4.1

Lincoln, NE

0.2 2.5 2.7

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

0.2 2.4 2.6

Peoria, IL

0.2 4.6 4.8

Spartanburg, SC

0.2 2.5 2.7

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

0.3 4.7 5.0

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

0.3 2.2 2.5

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

0.3 2.4 2.7

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

0.3 4.5 4.8

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

0.3 2.4 2.7

Kennewick-Richland, WA

0.3 5.4 5.7

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

0.3 3.6 3.9

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.4 3.5 3.9

Jackson, MS

0.4 3.8 4.2

Panama City, FL

0.4 3.3 3.7

Walla Walla, WA

0.4 4.7 5.1

Bellingham, WA

0.5 4.6 5.1

Bloomington, IL

0.5 3.5 4.0

Champaign-Urbana, IL

0.5 3.6 4.1

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

0.5 2.1 2.6

Kankakee, IL

0.5 4.8 5.3

Longview, WA

0.5 6.0 6.5

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

0.5 5.1 5.6

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

0.5 4.7 5.2

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

0.5 5.3 5.8

Urban Honolulu, HI

0.5 2.1 2.6

Wenatchee, WA

0.5 5.0 5.5

Decatur, IL

0.6 4.9 5.5

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

0.6 2.2 2.8

Springfield, IL

0.6 3.6 4.2

El Centro, CA

0.7 15.5 16.2

Rockford, IL

0.8 4.6 5.4

Yakima, WA

1.4 6.1 7.5

Kokomo, IN

3.4 3.4 6.8
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Ocean City, New Jersey, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in April 2019 (–2.8 percentage points), followed by Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey (–1.8 points), Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (–1.7 points), Beckley, West Virginia (–1.7 points), and Yuma, Arizona (–1.7 points). An additional 32 areas had over-the-year rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Kokomo, Indiana (+3.4 percentage points), followed by Yakima, Washington (+1.4 points), and Rockford, Illinois (+0.8 point).

Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate in April 2019, at 1.3 percent. The next lowest rates were in Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont (1.5 percent), Iowa City, Iowa (1.5 percent), and Midland, Texas (1.7 percent). The highest rates were in El Centro, California (16.2 percent), and Yuma, Arizona (14.3 percent). A total of 204 areas had jobless rates in April 2019 that were below the U.S. rate of 3.3 percent, 167 areas had rates that were above it, and 18 areas had rates that were 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. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 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, April 2019 jobless rates down over the year in 306 of 389 metropolitan areas on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/april-2019-jobless-rates-down-over-the-year-in-306-of-389-metropolitan-areas.htm (visited July 16, 2019).

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