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Employment down over the year in most large metro areas

March 24, 2021

Over the year ending January 2021, nonfarm employment declined in 50 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 1.

Percent change in employment for metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more, January 2020 to January 2021, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area 1 year 5 year 10 year

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-5.6% 3.6% 20.0%

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-2.7 13.1 39.7

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-6.0 -2.1 5.5

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-3.1 1.1 7.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-9.4 -3.8 5.3

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-8.7 -7.1 -4.2

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-4.2 6.4 25.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-8.7 -5.6 2.6

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-6.1 -0.9 8.0

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-7.5 -5.0 1.1

Columbus, OH

-4.0 2.6 16.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-3.0 8.1 26.4

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-5.7 3.5 22.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-9.1 -5.1 5.9

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

-7.4 -5.1 -0.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-6.8 -0.8 14.8

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-3.7 2.8 15.8

Jacksonville, FL

-2.7 8.9 22.2

Kansas City, MO-KS

-4.0 0.8 10.5

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-14.1 -3.2 12.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-12.2 -6.7 4.0

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-5.4 -1.4 10.6

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-3.8 -0.7 6.9

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-7.5 -0.4 15.0

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-7.2 -5.5 0.3

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-8.6 -3.5 6.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-4.3 9.2 32.7

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-11.2 -9.0 -2.2

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

-11.2 -5.7 3.3

Oklahoma City, OK

-5.4 -0.5 9.8

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-12.9 -1.4 17.5

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

-7.7 -2.2 2.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-3.8 9.8 26.1

Pittsburgh, PA

-7.6 -5.2 -3.2

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-8.9 -0.5 14.1

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

-8.7 -5.6 1.4

Raleigh, NC

-3.1 8.6 27.4

Richmond, VA

-6.5 -1.4 9.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-6.7 6.8 28.9

Rochester, NY

-7.4 -6.5 -2.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-5.8 3.8 17.7

Salt Lake City, UT

-0.7 9.8 27.7

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-3.6 4.5 22.1

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-10.2 -2.9 9.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-11.4 -3.0 15.0

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-9.0 -0.9 19.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-7.4 2.3 17.2

St. Louis, MO-IL

-5.8 -2.3 3.1

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-3.3 6.6 22.3

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-5.0 -0.4 4.3

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

-6.7 -1.0 5.0

The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (−14.1 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (−12.9 percent), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (−12.2 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 2021." 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, Employment down over the year in most large metro areas at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/employment-down-over-the-year-in-most-large-metro-areas.htm (visited July 29, 2021).

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