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45 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from December 2018 to December 2019

February 13, 2020

Forty-five metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from December 2018 to December 2019, and 344 were essentially unchanged. The largest statistically significant over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Wilmington, North Carolina (4.8 percent each), and Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina (4.7 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, December 2018 to December 2019, by top ten largest percent gains and losses, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Ocean City, NJ

6.6% 2,500

Idaho Falls, ID

4.8 3,300

Wilmington, NC

4.8 6,200

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

4.7 8,000

Yuba City, CA

4.4 2,000

Punta Gorda, FL

4.2 2,100

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4.0 10,300

St. George, UT

4.0 2,800

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.9 10,300

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

3.7 3,000

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-1.5 -1,300

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.6 -2,900

Glens Falls, NY

-1.8 -1,000

Pine Bluff, AR

-1.8 -600

Akron, OH

-1.9 -6,400

Enid, OK

-1.9 -500

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-2.0 -800

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-2.0 -4,400

Bay City, MI

-2.8 -1,000

Cleveland, TN

-5.0 -2,600

The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (127,600), New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (97,300), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (93,200).

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 — December 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, 45 metro areas had increases in nonfarm employment from December 2018 to December 2019 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/45-metro-areas-had-increases-in-nonfarm-employment-from-december-2018-to-december-2019.htm (visited August 08, 2020).

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