Nashville had lowest unemployment rate among largest metro areas in March 2019

May 13, 2019

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee, had the lowest unemployment rate in March 2019, 2.6 percent. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York, and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, had the highest jobless rates among the large areas, 4.5 percent each.

Metropolitan area unemployment rates, March 2019, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Rate

Ames, IA

1.5%

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

1.8

Iowa City, IA

1.9

Midland, TX

2.1

Madison, WI

2.4

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

2.5

Boulder, CO

2.5

Odessa, TX

2.5

Logan, UT-ID

2.5

Fort Collins, CO

2.6

Manchester, NH

2.6

Portsmouth, NH-ME

2.6

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.6

Sheboygan, WI

2.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

2.7

Idaho Falls, ID

2.7

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

2.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

2.7

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

2.7

State College, PA

2.7

Sioux Falls, SD

2.7

Amarillo, TX

2.7

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.7

College Station-Bryan, TX

2.7

Provo-Orem, UT

2.7

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.7

Jonesboro, AR

2.8

Greeley, CO

2.8

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

2.8

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

2.8

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.8

Dubuque, IA

2.8

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.8

Columbia, MO

2.8

Gettysburg, PA

2.8

Charlottesville, VA

2.8

Appleton, WI

2.8

Fond du Lac, WI

2.8

Wausau, WI

2.8

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.9

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

2.9

Boise City, ID

2.9

Pocatello, ID

2.9

Columbus, IN

2.9

Cedar Rapids, IA

2.9

Lincoln, NE

2.9

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

2.9

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.0

Gainesville, GA

3.0

Portland-South Portland, ME

3.0

Ann Arbor, MI

3.0

Fargo, ND-MN

3.0

Oklahoma City, OK

3.0

Lancaster, PA

3.0

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

3.0

Spartanburg, SC

3.0

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.0

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.0

Salt Lake City, UT

3.0

Harrisonburg, VA

3.0

Roanoke, VA

3.0

Winchester, VA-WV

3.0

Green Bay, WI

3.0

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

3.1

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

3.1

Gainesville, FL

3.1

Tallahassee, FL

3.1

Twin Falls, ID

3.1

Manhattan, KS

3.1

Lake Charles, LA

3.1

Reno, NV

3.1

Enid, OK

3.1

Columbia, SC

3.1

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

3.1

Knoxville, TN

3.1

Lubbock, TX

3.1

San Angelo, TX

3.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.1

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

3.1

Jacksonville, FL

3.2

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

3.2

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

3.2

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

3.2

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

3.2

Abilene, TX

3.2

Wichita Falls, TX

3.2

St. George, UT

3.2

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

3.2

Richmond, VA

3.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.2

Huntsville, AL

3.3

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

3.3

Santa Rosa, CA

3.3

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

3.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

3.3

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

3.3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

3.3

Lawrence, KS

3.3

Jefferson City, MO

3.3

Springfield, MO

3.3

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

3.3

Asheville, NC

3.3

Grand Forks, ND-MN

3.3

Tulsa, OK

3.3

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

3.3

York-Hanover, PA

3.3

Chattanooga, TN-GA

3.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.3

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

3.4

Decatur, AL

3.4

Fort Wayne, IN

3.4

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

3.4

Baton Rouge, LA

3.4

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

3.4

Grand Island, NE

3.4

Ithaca, NY

3.4

Bismarck, ND

3.4

Columbus, OH

3.4

Lebanon, PA

3.4

Rapid City, SD

3.4

Tyler, TX

3.4

Waco, TX

3.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

3.4

Eau Claire, WI

3.4

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

3.5

Tuscaloosa, AL

3.5

Fort Smith, AR-OK

3.5

Napa, CA

3.5

Dover, DE

3.5

Athens-Clarke County, GA

3.5

Savannah, GA

3.5

Evansville, IN-KY

3.5

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.5

Worcester, MA-CT

3.5

Joplin, MO

3.5

Trenton, NJ

3.5

Corvallis, OR

3.5

Cleveland, TN

3.5

Jackson, TN

3.5

Victoria, TX

3.5

Lynchburg, VA

3.5

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3.6

Hot Springs, AR

3.6

Colorado Springs, CO

3.6

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

3.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

3.6

Brunswick, GA

3.6

Lexington-Fayette, KY

3.6

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

3.6

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

3.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.6

Rochester, MN

3.6

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

3.6

Raleigh, NC

3.6

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

3.6

Lawton, OK

3.6

Florence, SC

3.6

Johnson City, TN

3.6

Janesville-Beloit, WI

3.6

Cheyenne, WY

3.6

Montgomery, AL

3.7

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

3.7

Danbury, CT

3.7

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.7

Port St. Lucie, FL

3.7

Punta Gorda, FL

3.7

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

3.7

Valdosta, GA

3.7

Warner Robins, GA

3.7

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

3.7

California-Lexington Park, MD

3.7

Leominster-Gardner, MA

3.7

Billings, MT

3.7

Santa Fe, NM

3.7

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

3.7

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.7

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.7

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

3.7

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.7

Morristown, TN

3.7

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

3.7

Grand Junction, CO

3.8

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

3.8

Lafayette, LA

3.8

Bangor, ME

3.8

Springfield, MA-CT

3.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

3.8

St. Joseph, MO-KS

3.8

Missoula, MT

3.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

3.8

Kingston, NY

3.8

Winston-Salem, NC

3.8

Dayton, OH

3.8

Altoona, PA

3.8

Reading, PA

3.8

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

3.8

Sumter, SC

3.8

Killeen-Temple, TX

3.8

Laredo, TX

3.8

Longview, TX

3.8

Dothan, AL

3.9

Ocala, FL

3.9

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

3.9

Hinesville, GA

3.9

Rome, GA

3.9

Bloomington, IN

3.9

Topeka, KS

3.9

Wichita, KS

3.9

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

3.9

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

3.9

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

3.9

Burlington, NC

3.9

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

3.9

Wilmington, NC

3.9

Lima, OH

3.9

Pittsburgh, PA

3.9

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.9

El Paso, TX

3.9

Racine, WI

3.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

4.0

New Haven, CT

4.0

Macon-Bibb County, GA

4.0

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.0

St. Louis, MO-IL

4.0

Great Falls, MT

4.0

Clarksville, TN-KY

4.0

Casper, WY

4.0

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

4.1

Gadsden, AL

4.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.1

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

4.1

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

4.1

Lewiston, ID-WA

4.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4.1

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

4.1

Owensboro, KY

4.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

4.1

Jackson, MI

4.1

Monroe, MI

4.1

Carson City, NV

4.1

Springfield, OH

4.1

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

4.1

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

4.1

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

4.2

Bowling Green, KY

4.2

Alexandria, LA

4.2

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

4.2

Pittsfield, MA

4.2

Hattiesburg, MS

4.2

Albuquerque, NM

4.2

Rochester, NY

4.2

Greensboro-High Point, NC

4.2

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

4.2

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

4.2

Erie, PA

4.2

Morgantown, WV

4.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

4.3

Albany, GA

4.3

Columbus, GA-AL

4.3

Hammond, LA

4.3

Midland, MI

4.3

Jackson, MS

4.3

Elmira, NY

4.3

Greenville, NC

4.3

Akron, OH

4.3

Toledo, OH

4.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

4.4

Prescott, AZ

4.4

Tucson, AZ

4.4

Panama City, FL

4.4

Sebring, FL

4.4

Kokomo, IN

4.4

Muncie, IN

4.4

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

4.4

Monroe, LA

4.4

Battle Creek, MI

4.4

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.4

Syracuse, NY

4.4

Goldsboro, NC

4.4

New Bern, NC

4.4

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

4.4

Mansfield, OH

4.4

Corpus Christi, TX

4.4

Mobile, AL

4.5

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.5

Pueblo, CO

4.5

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

4.5

St. Cloud, MN

4.5

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

4.5

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

4.5

Texarkana, TX-AR

4.5

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

4.6

Dalton, GA

4.6

Muskegon, MI

4.6

Utica-Rome, NY

4.7

Canton-Massillon, OH

4.7

Johnstown, PA

4.7

Williamsport, PA

4.7

Coeur d'Alene, ID

4.8

Champaign-Urbana, IL

4.8

Salem, OR

4.8

East Stroudsburg, PA

4.8

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

4.9

Homosassa Springs, FL

4.9

The Villages, FL

4.9

Bloomington, IL

4.9

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.9

Barnstable Town, MA

4.9

New Bedford, MA

4.9

Duluth, MN-WI

4.9

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

4.9

Binghamton, NY

4.9

Jacksonville, NC

4.9

Eugene, OR

4.9

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

4.9

Pine Bluff, AR

5.0

Salisbury, MD-DE

5.0

Carbondale-Marion, IL

5.1

Springfield, IL

5.1

Terre Haute, IN

5.1

Glens Falls, NY

5.1

Albany, OR

5.1

Waterbury, CT

5.2

Flint, MI

5.2

Fayetteville, NC

5.2

Bellingham, WA

5.2

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

5.2

Charleston, WV

5.2

Bay City, MI

5.3

Saginaw, MI

5.3

Farmington, NM

5.3

Rocky Mount, NC

5.3

Bend-Redmond, OR

5.3

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

5.3

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

5.3

Cumberland, MD-WV

5.4

Medford, OR

5.4

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

5.4

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

5.5

Wheeling, WV-OH

5.5

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

5.6

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

5.6

Beckley, WV

5.6

Flagstaff, AZ

5.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

5.7

Las Cruces, NM

5.7

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

5.7

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

5.7

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

5.8

Peoria, IL

5.9

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

5.9

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

5.9

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

6.0

Grants Pass, OR

6.1

Walla Walla, WA

6.1

Chico, CA

6.2

Redding, CA

6.2

Anchorage, AK

6.3

Danville, IL

6.3

Decatur, IL

6.3

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

6.3

Fairbanks, AK

6.4

Kankakee, IL

6.5

Rockford, IL

6.6

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

6.6

Wenatchee, WA

6.6

Longview, WA

6.7

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

6.8

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

6.9

Kennewick-Richland, WA

7.1

Stockton-Lodi, CA

7.3

Modesto, CA

7.5

Madera, CA

8.9

Yakima, WA

9.2

Fresno, CA

9.4

Yuba City, CA

9.4

Bakersfield, CA

10.1

Salinas, CA

10.1

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

10.3

Merced, CA

11.0

Ocean City, NJ

11.5

Yuma, AZ

12.1

Visalia-Porterville, CA

12.1

El Centro, CA

17.8

Among all 389 metropolitan areas, Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.5 percent. El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate, 17.8 percent. A total of 204 areas had March jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.9 percent, 166 areas had rates above it, and 19 areas had rates 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 — March 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, Nashville had lowest unemployment rate among largest metro areas in March 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/nashville-had-lowest-unemployment-rate-among-largest-metro-areas-in-march-2019.htm (visited July 16, 2019).

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