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Midland, Texas, had largest 12-month percentage employment increase, January 2019

March 26, 2019

In January 2019, 53 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 336 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Midland, Texas, where employment increased by 9.2 percent as the number of jobs increased by 9,400. Reno, Nevada recorded an increase of 7.2 percent as a result of an employment increase of 16,600.

Change in nonfarm employment, selected metropolitan areas, January 2018 to January 2019, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area 12-month percent change 12-month change in employment Employment, January 2019

Midland, TX

9.2% 9,400 111,400

Reno, NV

7.2 16,600 247,900

Odessa, TX

7.0 5,400 82,000

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

6.3 7,600 129,200

Ocean City, NJ

6.0 2,000 35,400

Wheeling, WV-OH

5.8 3,700 68,000

Walla Walla, WA

5.3 1,400 28,000

Decatur, AL

4.6 2,500 56,400

Gainesville, GA

4.6 4,100 94,100

Auburn-Opelika, AL

4.3 2,700 65,400

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

4.1 8,900 227,700

Salinas, CA

4.1 5,700 143,900

Boise City, ID

4.0 12,700 332,300

Hattiesburg, MS

4.0 2,600 66,800

Springfield, MO

4.0 8,400 218,700

Trenton, NJ

4.0 10,600 272,600

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

-1.0 -500 51,300

Farmington, NM

-1.0 -500 47,500

Morgantown, WV

-1.0 -700 69,100

Panama City, FL

-1.0 -800 81,500

Pittsfield, MA

-1.0 -400 39,700

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.0 -1,800 177,800

Charleston, WV

-1.1 -1,200 108,300

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-1.1 -600 55,400

Williamsport, PA

-1.3 -700 52,800

Bloomington, IL

-1.8 -1,600 88,800

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-1.8 -1,500 83,800

Danville, IL

-2.2 -600 27,000

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

The largest over-the-year employment increases in terms of the number of jobs occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+141,000 or 1.5 percent), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+100,100 or 2.8 percent) and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (+83,800 or 2.8 percent).

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 — January 2019." Also see these charts of metropolitan area employment and unemployment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Midland, Texas, had largest 12-month percentage employment increase, January 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/midland-texas-had-largest-12-month-percentage-employment-increase-january-2019.htm (visited September 24, 2020).

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