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242 out of 389 metropolitan areas had decreases in employment for the year ended November 2020

January 07, 2021

From November 2019 to November 2020, 242 metropolitan areas had over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment and 147 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year employment decreases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (−999,600), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (−514,900), and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (−341,000). The largest over-the-year percentage losses in employment occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (−24.8 percent); Flagstaff, Arizona (−16.9 percent); and Monroe, Michigan (−15.5 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, November 2019 to November 2020, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-24.8%

Flagstaff, AZ

-16.9

Monroe, MI

-15.5

Yuba City, CA

-14.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

-13.3

Lake Charles, LA

-13.0

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-12.9

Bay City, MI

-12.7

Brunswick, GA

-12.7

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

-12.7

East Stroudsburg, PA

-12.5

Wheeling, WV-OH

-12.5

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-12.3

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-12.0

Springfield, MA-CT

-11.6

Midland, TX

-11.5

Odessa, TX

-11.5

Williamsport, PA

-11.1

Barnstable Town, MA

-11.0

Portsmouth, NH-ME

-11.0

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-10.9

Muskegon, MI

-10.9

Chico, CA

-10.8

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

-10.5

Battle Creek, MI

-10.4

Leominster-Gardner, MA

-10.3

Santa Fe, NM

-10.3

Syracuse, NY

-10.2

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-10.1

Waterbury, CT

-10.1

Pittsfield, MA

-10.0

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-10.0

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

-9.9

Saginaw, MI

-9.9

Asheville, NC

-9.8

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-9.7

Salinas, CA

-9.7

Flint, MI

-9.6

Peoria, IL

-9.6

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

-9.5

Corvallis, OR

-9.5

State College, PA

-9.4

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-9.3

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-9.3

Rochester, NY

-9.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-9.3

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

-9.2

Napa, CA

-9.2

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-9.2

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-9.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-9.1

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

-9.1

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-9.0

Santa Rosa, CA

-9.0

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-9.0

Erie, PA

-8.9

Duluth, MN-WI

-8.8

Mayaguez, PR

-8.8

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR

-8.8

Glens Falls, NY

-8.7

Goldsboro, NC

-8.7

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-8.6

Modesto, CA

-8.6

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-8.6

El Centro, CA

-8.5

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

-8.5

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-8.5

Salem, OR

-8.5

Bakersfield, CA

-8.4

Akron, OH

-8.3

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-8.3

Manchester, NH

-8.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-8.1

Rockford, IL

-8.1

Bowling Green, KY

-8.0

Grants Pass, OR

-8.0

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-8.0

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-8.0

Jackson, MI

-8.0

California-Lexington Park, MD

-7.9

Manhattan, KS

-7.9

Winchester, VA-WV

-7.9

Corpus Christi, TX

-7.8

Cumberland, MD-WV

-7.8

Elmira, NY

-7.8

Wilmington, NC

-7.8

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-7.7

New Bedford, MA

-7.7

Rocky Mount, NC

-7.7

Tallahassee, FL

-7.7

Lewiston, ID-WA

-7.6

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

-7.6

Appleton, WI

-7.5

Fayetteville, NC

-7.5

Las Cruces, NM

-7.5

Greenville, NC

-7.4

Utica-Rome, NY

-7.4

Decatur, IL

-7.3

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-7.3

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-7.3

Wenatchee, WA

-7.3

Boulder, CO

-7.2

Midland, MI

-7.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-7.2

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-7.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-7.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

-7.1

Enid, OK

-7.1

Farmington, NM

-7.1

Lawrence, KS

-7.1

Merced, CA

-7.1

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-7.1

Pittsburgh, PA

-7.1

San Angelo, TX

-7.1

Canton-Massillon, OH

-7.0

Fort Collins, CO

-7.0

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-7.0

Longview, TX

-7.0

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-7.0

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-7.0

Sumter, SC

-7.0

Toledo, OH

-7.0

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

-7.0

Muncie, IN

-6.9

Ocean City, NJ

-6.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-6.9

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-6.8

Madison, WI

-6.8

New Bern, NC

-6.8

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

-6.8

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

-6.7

Portland-South Portland, ME

-6.7

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-6.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-6.7

Aguadilla-Isabela, PR

-6.6

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-6.6

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-6.6

Lima, OH

-6.6

Lynchburg, VA

-6.6

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-6.6

Worcester, MA-CT

-6.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-6.5

Ponce, PR

-6.5

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-6.5

Bend-Redmond, OR

-6.4

Columbus, OH

-6.4

Johnstown, PA

-6.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-6.4

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-6.4

Binghamton, NY

-6.3

Bloomington, IL

-6.3

Gadsden, AL

-6.3

Cedar Rapids, IA

-6.2

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-6.2

Laredo, TX

-6.2

Danbury, CT

-6.1

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-6.1

Spartanburg, SC

-6.1

Terre Haute, IN

-6.1

Wausau, WI

-6.1

Victoria, TX

-6.0

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-5.9

Harrisonburg, VA

-5.9

Redding, CA

-5.9

San German, PR

-5.9

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-5.9

Trenton, NJ

-5.9

Ann Arbor, MI

-5.8

Bangor, ME

-5.8

Dover, DE

-5.8

Fresno, CA

-5.8

Green Bay, WI

-5.8

Pocatello, ID

-5.8

Yuma, AZ

-5.8

Altoona, PA

-5.7

Amarillo, TX

-5.7

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-5.7

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-5.7

Dubuque, IA

-5.7

Homosassa Springs, FL

-5.7

Owensboro, KY

-5.7

Winston-Salem, NC

-5.7

Casper, WY

-5.6

Lebanon, PA

-5.6

Anchorage, AK

-5.5

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-5.5

Eau Claire, WI

-5.5

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-5.4

Columbus, GA-AL

-5.4

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-5.4

Fairbanks, AK

-5.4

Greeley, CO

-5.4

Raleigh, NC

-5.4

Springfield, IL

-5.4

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-5.4

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

-5.3

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-5.3

Salisbury, MD-DE

-5.3

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

-5.3

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-5.2

Charleston, WV

-5.2

Johnson City, TN

-5.2

Madera, CA

-5.2

Reno, NV

-5.2

Tulsa, OK

-5.2

Bloomington, IN

-5.1

Carson City, NV

-5.1

Guayama, PR

-5.1

Kingston, NY

-5.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-5.1

Rochester, MN

-5.1

Albany, GA

-5.0

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-5.0

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-5.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-5.0

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-5.0

New Haven, CT

-5.0

Rapid City, SD

-5.0

Dayton, OH

-4.9

Hammond, LA

-4.9

Kankakee, IL

-4.9

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-4.8

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-4.8

St. Louis, MO-IL

-4.8

Beckley, WV

-4.7

Bismarck, ND

-4.7

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-4.7

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-4.7

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-4.6

Gainesville, FL

-4.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-4.6

Kokomo, IN

-4.6

Medford, OR

-4.6

Richmond, VA

-4.6

Yakima, WA

-4.6

Baton Rouge, LA

-4.5

Cleveland, TN

-4.5

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-4.5

Warner Robins, GA

-4.5

Wichita Falls, TX

-4.5

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-4.4

Jackson, TN

-4.4

Lafayette, LA

-4.4

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-4.4

York-Hanover, PA

-4.4

Iowa City, IA

-4.3

Ithaca, NY

-4.3

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-4.3

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-4.3

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-4.3

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-4.2

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-4.2

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-4.2

Montgomery, AL

-4.2

Tuscaloosa, AL

-4.2

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-4.2

Wichita, KS

-4.2

Columbus, IN

-4.1

Great Falls, MT

-4.1

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-4.1

Jackson, MS

-4.1

Lawton, OK

-4.1

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-4.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-4.1

Walla Walla, WA

-4.1

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-4.0

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-4.0

Cheyenne, WY

-4.0

El Paso, TX

-4.0

Pine Bluff, AR

-4.0

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-4.0

Fargo, ND-MN

-3.9

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-3.9

Mobile, AL

-3.9

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-3.9

Albany, OR

-3.8

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-3.8

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-3.8

Jacksonville, FL

-3.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

-3.8

Lubbock, TX

-3.8

Sheboygan, WI

-3.8

St. Cloud, MN

-3.8

Columbia, SC

-3.7

Pueblo, CO

-3.7

Roanoke, VA

-3.7

Tucson, AZ

-3.7

Burlington, NC

-3.6

Danville, IL

-3.6

Fort Wayne, IN

-3.6

Longview, WA

-3.6

Dalton, GA

-3.5

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-3.5

Killeen-Temple, TX

-3.5

Mansfield, OH

-3.5

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-3.5

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-3.4

Columbia, MO

-3.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-3.4

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-3.3

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-3.3

Decatur, AL

-3.3

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-3.3

Eugene, OR

-3.3

Grand Island, NE

-3.3

Morgantown, WV

-3.3

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-3.2

Sioux Falls, SD

-3.2

Bellingham, WA

-3.1

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-3.1

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-3.1

Morristown, TN

-3.1

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-3.1

Abilene, TX

-3.0

Albuquerque, NM

-3.0

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-3.0

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-3.0

Panama City, FL

-3.0

Alexandria, LA

-2.9

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-2.9

Lancaster, PA

-2.9

Oklahoma City, OK

-2.9

Dothan, AL

-2.8

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-2.8

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-2.8

Billings, MT

-2.7

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-2.7

Colorado Springs, CO

-2.7

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-2.6

Fond du Lac, WI

-2.6

Gainesville, GA

-2.6

Jefferson City, MO

-2.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-2.6

Savannah, GA

-2.6

Springfield, OH

-2.6

Topeka, KS

-2.6

Charlottesville, VA

-2.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-2.5

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-2.5

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-2.4

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-2.4

Springfield, MO

-2.4

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-2.4

College Station-Bryan, TX

-2.3

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-2.3

Joplin, MO

-2.3

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-2.2

Jacksonville, NC

-2.2

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-2.1

Huntsville, AL

-2.1

Arecibo, PR

-2.0

Clarksville, TN-KY

-2.0

Florence, SC

-2.0

Port St. Lucie, FL

-2.0

Knoxville, TN

-1.9

Tyler, TX

-1.9

Salt Lake City, UT

-1.8

Racine, WI

-1.5

Gettysburg, PA

-1.4

Lincoln, NE

-1.4

Evansville, IN-KY

-1.3

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

-1.3

Hot Springs, AR

-1.3

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-1.1

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-1.1

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-1.1

Ames, IA

-0.9

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

-0.9

Missoula, MT

-0.9

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-0.9

Hattiesburg, MS

-0.7

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-0.6

Punta Gorda, FL

-0.6

Texarkana, TX-AR

-0.6

The Villages, FL

-0.6

Waco, TX

-0.6

Reading, PA

-0.5

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-0.4

Prescott, AZ

-0.4

Sherman-Denison, TX

-0.4

Boise City, ID

-0.3

Provo-Orem, UT

-0.3

Rome, GA

-0.2

Grand Junction, CO

0.3

St. George, UT

0.3

Sebring, FL

0.7

Logan, UT-ID

0.9

Monroe, LA

0.9

Jonesboro, AR

1.3

Hinesville, GA

1.4

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

1.4

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

1.7

Ocala, FL

1.8

Twin Falls, ID

1.9

Valdosta, GA

3.0

Idaho Falls, ID

4.2

Over the year ended November 2020, nonfarm employment declined in 50 of the metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 1 area. The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (−10.1 percent); New York-Newark-Jersey City,  NY-NJ-PA (−9.9 percent); followed by Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan; Orlando Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida; Rochester, New York; and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California (−9.3 percent each).

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 — November 2020." 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, 242 out of 389 metropolitan areas had decreases in employment for the year ended November 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/242-out-of-389-metropolitan-areas-had-decreases-in-employment-for-the-year-ended-november-2020.htm (visited December 08, 2021).

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