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Large metro area employment grew fastest in Orlando, Phoenix, and Dallas-Fort Worth, June 2019

August 05, 2019

From June 2018 to June 2019, there were statistically significant increases in nonfarm employment in 31 of the 51 metropolitan areas with populations at least 1 million (in the 2010 Census), while employment was essentially unchanged in 20 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (+3.8 percent), Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (+3.3 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+3.2 percent). These were the only three large metropolitan areas where employment grew over the year by more than 3.0 percent.

 Changes in nonfarm payroll employment in large metropolitan areas, June 2018 to June 2019
Metropolitan area Over-the-year percent change Over-the-year change in employment Employment, June 2018 Employment, June 2019

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.8% 48,600 1,280,700 1,329,300

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

3.3 68,400 2,061,800 2,130,200

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.2 120,000 3,695,000 3,815,000

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.9 60,400 2,059,000 2,119,400

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2.7 82,900 3,099,200 3,182,100

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.5 29,800 1,213,300 1,243,100

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.5 60,900 2,450,000 2,510,900

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

2.4 15,200 645,100 660,300

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

2.4 27,400 1,134,400 1,161,800

Jacksonville, FL

2.3 15,900 705,500 721,400

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.2 24,200 1,116,500 1,140,700

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.2 57,500 2,644,400 2,701,900

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.2 21,900 1,007,400 1,029,300

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

2.2 12,900 575,400 588,300

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.2 29,300 1,339,300 1,368,600

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.1 22,800 1,076,700 1,099,500

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.1 23,200 1,105,000 1,128,200

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

2.1 21,300 1,001,400 1,022,700

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

2.1 25,300 1,198,500 1,223,800

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2.0 30,800 1,502,900 1,533,700

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

1.9 53,500 2,789,300 2,842,800

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

1.8 84,800 4,792,200 4,877,000

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1.8 17,700 1,005,000 1,022,700

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.8 25,100 1,396,100 1,421,200

Salt Lake City, UT

1.7 12,600 736,000 748,600

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1.7 25,700 1,491,600 1,517,300

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

1.6 24,100 1,519,000 1,543,100

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

1.4 87,100 6,157,100 6,244,200

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

1.2 123,800 9,949,800 10,073,600

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

1.2 35,900 2,954,600 2,990,500

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

1.0 29,100 2,811,800 2,840,900

Note: Large metropolitan areas have a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more.

Employment increased 2.9 percent in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington, and 2.7 percent in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, over the 12 months ended in June 2019.

The largest over-the-year increase in the number of people employed occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (123,800), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (120,000), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (87,100), Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin (84,800), and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (82,900).

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 — June 2019." Also see Charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Large metro area employment grew fastest in Orlando, Phoenix, and Dallas-Fort Worth, June 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/large-metro-area-employment-grew-fastest-in-orlando-phoenix-and-dallas-fort-worth-june-2019.htm (visited October 16, 2019).

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