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245 metro areas had unemployment rates below 6.2 percent U.S. rate in March 2021

May 04, 2021

In March 2021, a total of 245 metropolitan areas had unemployment rates below the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, 138 areas had rates above it, and 6 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. A total of 16 metro areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent. Unemployment rates were lower than 3.0 percent in 10 areas.

Unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, March 2021
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate Comparison with national rate (6.2 percent)

Logan, UT-ID

2.1% Below national unemployment rate

Decatur, AL

2.5 Below national unemployment rate

Huntsville, AL

2.5 Below national unemployment rate

Provo-Orem, UT

2.5 Below national unemployment rate

Gainesville, GA

2.6 Below national unemployment rate

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2.7 Below national unemployment rate

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

2.7 Below national unemployment rate

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.8 Below national unemployment rate

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

2.9 Below national unemployment rate

Lincoln, NE

2.9 Below national unemployment rate

Ames, IA

3.0 Below national unemployment rate

Columbia, MO

3.0 Below national unemployment rate

Salt Lake City, UT

3.0 Below national unemployment rate

Sioux Falls, SD

3.0 Below national unemployment rate

St. George, UT

3.0 Below national unemployment rate

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

3.1 Below national unemployment rate

Grand Island, NE

3.1 Below national unemployment rate

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Dothan, AL

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Jefferson City, MO

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Manchester, NH

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Manhattan, KS

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

3.2 Below national unemployment rate

Idaho Falls, ID

3.3 Below national unemployment rate

Athens-Clarke County, GA

3.4 Below national unemployment rate

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

3.4 Below national unemployment rate

Rapid City, SD

3.4 Below national unemployment rate

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

3.5 Below national unemployment rate

Enid, OK

3.5 Below national unemployment rate

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

3.5 Below national unemployment rate

Portsmouth, NH-ME

3.5 Below national unemployment rate

Topeka, KS

3.5 Below national unemployment rate

Springfield, MO

3.6 Below national unemployment rate

Lawrence, KS

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

Madison, WI

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

Rome, GA

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

Sheboygan, WI

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

St. Joseph, MO-KS

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

Tuscaloosa, AL

3.7 Below national unemployment rate

Boise City, ID

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Brunswick, GA

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Columbus, IN

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Fargo, ND-MN

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Iowa City, IA

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Pocatello, ID

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Warner Robins, GA

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Wausau, WI

3.8 Below national unemployment rate

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Appleton, WI

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Dalton, GA

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Hinesville, GA

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Joplin, MO

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Lawton, OK

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Raleigh, NC

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Twin Falls, ID

3.9 Below national unemployment rate

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Gadsden, AL

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Gainesville, FL

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Jonesboro, AR

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Lewiston, ID-WA

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Oklahoma City, OK

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Rochester, MN

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Savannah, GA

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Valdosta, GA

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Winchester, VA-WV

4.0 Below national unemployment rate

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Billings, MT

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Fond du Lac, WI

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Wilmington, NC

4.1 Below national unemployment rate

Asheville, NC

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Bloomington, IN

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Kansas City, MO-KS

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Tulsa, OK

4.2 Below national unemployment rate

Ann Arbor, MI

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

California-Lexington Park, MD

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Chattanooga, TN-GA

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Grand Forks, ND-MN

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Great Falls, MT

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Lexington-Fayette, KY

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

4.3 Below national unemployment rate

Alexandria, LA

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Bismarck, ND

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Green Bay, WI

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Harrisonburg, VA

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Jacksonville, FL

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Missoula, MT

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

New Bern, NC

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

4.4 Below national unemployment rate

Bowling Green, KY

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Burlington, NC

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Charlottesville, VA

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Columbia, SC

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Columbus, GA-AL

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Evansville, IN-KY

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Fort Wayne, IN

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Knoxville, TN

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Macon-Bibb County, GA

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Montgomery, AL

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Panama City, FL

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Winston-Salem, NC

4.5 Below national unemployment rate

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Greenville, NC

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Morgantown, WV

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Reno, NV

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Tallahassee, FL

4.6 Below national unemployment rate

Eau Claire, WI

4.7 Below national unemployment rate

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

4.7 Below national unemployment rate

Ithaca, NY

4.7 Below national unemployment rate

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

4.7 Below national unemployment rate

Dubuque, IA

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

Fort Smith, AR-OK

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

Goldsboro, NC

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

Jacksonville, NC

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

Portland-South Portland, ME

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

St. Louis, MO-IL

4.8 Below national unemployment rate

Amarillo, TX

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Bangor, ME

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Champaign-Urbana, IL

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Corvallis, OR

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Gettysburg, PA

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Morristown, TN

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Port St. Lucie, FL

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Roanoke, VA

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Spartanburg, SC

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

State College, PA

4.9 Below national unemployment rate

Bloomington, IL

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Cheyenne, WY

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Coeur d'Alene, ID

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Columbus, OH

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Duluth, MN-WI

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Florence, SC

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Jackson, TN

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Mansfield, OH

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Muncie, IN

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Owensboro, KY

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Punta Gorda, FL

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

St. Cloud, MN

5.0 Below national unemployment rate

Carson City, NV

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Cleveland, TN

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Dayton, OH

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Janesville-Beloit, WI

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Johnson City, TN

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Springfield, OH

5.1 Below national unemployment rate

Cedar Rapids, IA

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Greensboro-High Point, NC

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Midland, MI

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Mobile, AL

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Walla Walla, WA

5.2 Below national unemployment rate

Albany, GA

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

Austin-Round Rock, TX

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

College Station-Bryan, TX

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

Wichita, KS

5.3 Below national unemployment rate

Canton-Massillon, OH

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Lima, OH

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Lynchburg, VA

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Terre Haute, IN

5.4 Below national unemployment rate

Akron, OH

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Boulder, CO

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Hattiesburg, MS

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Ocala, FL

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Richmond, VA

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Sumter, SC

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Toledo, OH

5.5 Below national unemployment rate

Clarksville, TN-KY

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Fairbanks, AK

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Lancaster, PA

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Monroe, MI

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Prescott, AZ

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

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

5.6 Below national unemployment rate

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Jackson, MS

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Sherman-Denison, TX

5.7 Below national unemployment rate

Abilene, TX

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Baton Rouge, LA

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Fort Collins, CO

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Lubbock, TX

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Monroe, LA

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

5.8 Below national unemployment rate

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Jackson, MI

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Racine, WI

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Wenatchee, WA

5.9 Below national unemployment rate

Kokomo, IN

6.0 Below national unemployment rate

Lafayette, LA

6.0 Below national unemployment rate

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

6.0 Below national unemployment rate

Santa Rosa, CA

6.0 Below national unemployment rate

York-Hanover, PA

6.0 Below national unemployment rate

Carbondale-Marion, IL

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

Hot Springs, AR

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

Salem, OR

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

San Angelo, TX

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

Waco, TX

6.1 Below national unemployment rate

United States

6.2 National unemployment rate

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

Kennewick-Richland, WA

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

Kingston, NY

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

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

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

Sebring, FL

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

Trenton, NJ

6.2 Equal to national unemployment rate

Lebanon, PA

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Rocky Mount, NC

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Springfield, IL

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Wheeling, WV-OH

6.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Battle Creek, MI

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Bay City, MI

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Charleston, WV

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Fayetteville, NC

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Homosassa Springs, FL

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

6.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Cumberland, MD-WV

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Rochester, NY

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Tyler, TX

6.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Napa, CA

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Syracuse, NY

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Texarkana, TX-AR

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

The Villages, FL

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Wichita Falls, TX

6.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Altoona, PA

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Bellingham, WA

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Colorado Springs, CO

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Medford, OR

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Tucson, AZ

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Worcester, MA-CT

6.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Albany, OR

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Binghamton, NY

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Eugene, OR

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Glens Falls, NY

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Lake Charles, LA

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Pine Bluff, AR

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Saginaw, MI

6.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Anchorage, AK

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Beckley, WV

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Bend-Redmond, OR

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Danville, IL

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Elmira, NY

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Greeley, CO

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Peoria, IL

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Salisbury, MD-DE

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

6.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Longview, WA

7.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

7.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Utica-Rome, NY

7.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Flint, MI

7.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Killeen-Temple, TX

7.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

7.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

7.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Grand Junction, CO

7.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

7.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Yakima, WA

7.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

7.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

7.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Danbury, CT

7.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

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

7.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Hammond, LA

7.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Albuquerque, NM

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Chico, CA

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Dover, DE

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Grants Pass, OR

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Kankakee, IL

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Muskegon, MI

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Pittsburgh, PA

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Redding, CA

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Santa Fe, NM

7.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Leominster-Gardner, MA

7.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Midland, TX

7.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Reading, PA

7.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Springfield, MA-CT

7.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Urban Honolulu, HI

7.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

New Haven, CT

7.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

7.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

El Paso, TX

7.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Longview, TX

7.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

7.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Williamsport, PA

7.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Casper, WY

7.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Laredo, TX

7.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Victoria, TX

7.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Flagstaff, AZ

8.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

8.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Las Cruces, NM

8.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

8.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Johnstown, PA

8.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Rockford, IL

8.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

8.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

8.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Barnstable Town, MA

8.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

8.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Pittsfield, MA

8.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Decatur, IL

8.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

East Stroudsburg, PA

8.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

New Bedford, MA

8.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Pueblo, CO

8.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Corpus Christi, TX

8.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

8.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Modesto, CA

8.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

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

8.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

9.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Erie, PA

9.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Stockton-Lodi, CA

9.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

9.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

9.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Farmington, NM

9.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Madera, CA

9.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

9.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Fresno, CA

9.9 Higher than national unemployment rate

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

10.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Yuba City, CA

10.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Waterbury, CT

10.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

Salinas, CA

10.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

10.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

10.8 Higher than national unemployment rate

Odessa, TX

11.0 Higher than national unemployment rate

Bakersfield, CA

11.1 Higher than national unemployment rate

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

11.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Yuma, AZ

11.3 Higher than national unemployment rate

Merced, CA

11.4 Higher than national unemployment rate

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

11.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Visalia-Porterville, CA

11.6 Higher than national unemployment rate

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

12.2 Higher than national unemployment rate

Ocean City, NJ

12.5 Higher than national unemployment rate

El Centro, CA

15.7 Higher than national unemployment rate

Note: Data are preliminary.

El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate (15.7 percent), followed by Ocean City, New Jersey (12.5 percent), and Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (12.2 percent). Among metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, had the highest unemployment rate in March (9.8 percent), followed by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, and New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (8.8 percent each).

Logan, Utah-Idaho, had the lowest rate (2.1 percent), followed by Decatur, Alabama; Huntsville, Alabama; and Provo-Orem, Utah (2.5 percent each). Among the large metro areas, the lowest jobless rates were in Salt Lake City, Utah (3.0 percent) and Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (3.2 percent).

Unemployment rates were higher in March than a year earlier in 308 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 75 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas. The largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase in March 2021 occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+10.1 percentage points). The largest over-the-year decrease occurred in El Centro, California (−4.4 percentage points).

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 2021." Also see charts of metropolitan area employment and unemployment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 245 metro areas had unemployment rates below 6.2 percent U.S. rate in March 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/245-metro-areas-had-unemployment-rates-below-6-2-percent-u-s-rate-in-march-2021.htm (visited May 17, 2021).

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