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Employment and unemployment where U.S. Women's National Team members play pro soccer

June 21, 2019

While the U.S. Women’s National Team takes care of business at the World Cup in France, we take a look at employment and unemployment in the metro areas where these reigning 2015 World Cup champs play professional soccer when they are not competing for the international championship every 4 years.

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, home of the Orlando Pride, had the highest over-the-year employment gain, at 3.5 percent, and tied with Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah Royals FC) for the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.7 percent for the year ending April 2019.  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia (Washington Spirit) had the lowest over-the-year employment gain, at 0.9 percent, while Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (Chicago Red Stars) had the highest unemployment rate among these.

Employment and unemployment where U.S. Women’s National Team members play pro soccer
Metropolitan area Team Over-the-year employment gain, April 2018-April 2019 Unemployment rate, April 2019

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Chicago Red Stars 1.6% 3.8%

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Houston Dash 2.8 3.2

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

Sky Blue FC 1.4 3.3

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

Orlando Pride 3.5 2.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

Portland Thorns FC 2.1 3.7

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Courage 1.2 3.1

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Royals FC 2.3 2.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Reign FC 2.8 3.4

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

Washington Spirit 0.9 2.9

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs. The data are not seasonally adjusted and data for the most recent month are preliminary.To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 2019."

Go Team USA!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and unemployment where U.S. Women's National Team members play pro soccer at (visited June 14, 2024).

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