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Employment increased in 104 out of 389 metropolitan areas for the year ended August 2021

October 04, 2021

For the year ended August 2021, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 104 out of 389 metropolitan areas, while employment for the remaining 285 areas was essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+22.5 percent), Ocean City, New Jersey (+20.0 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+10.3 percent).

12-month percent change in metropolitan area employment, not seasonally adjusted, August 2021
Metropolitan area Percent change

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

22.5%

Ocean City, NJ

20.0

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

10.3

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

9.7

Merced, CA

9.5

Barnstable Town, MA

9.1

Urban Honolulu, HI

9.0

Savannah, GA

8.1

Prescott, AZ

7.9

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

7.5

Portland-South Portland, ME

7.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

7.2

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

7.2

St. George, UT

7.2

Midland, TX

7.1

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

7.1

Rochester, NY

7.0

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

6.9

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

6.9

Gettysburg, PA

6.9

Pocatello, ID

6.8

Tyler, TX

6.8

Yuma, AZ

6.7

Austin-Round Rock, TX

6.7

Walla Walla, WA

6.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

6.5

Napa, CA

6.4

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

6.4

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

6.3

Provo-Orem, UT

6.3

Logan, UT-ID

6.2

Salisbury, MD-DE

6.1

Reno, NV

6.1

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

6.1

Albany, OR

6.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

5.9

Salt Lake City, UT

5.9

El Centro, CA

5.8

Wilmington, NC

5.8

Waterbury, CT

5.7

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

5.7

Port St. Lucie, FL

5.7

Pittsfield, MA

5.7

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

5.7

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

5.6

Medford, OR

5.5

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

5.5

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.5

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

5.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

5.4

Carson City, NV

5.4

Glens Falls, NY

5.4

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

5.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

5.4

Yakima, WA

5.4

Flagstaff, AZ

5.3

Boulder, CO

5.3

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

5.3

Kennewick-Richland, WA

5.3

Coeur d'Alene, ID

5.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

5.2

Raleigh, NC

5.2

Bellingham, WA

5.2

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

5.2

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

5.1

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.1

Springfield, MA-CT

5.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

5.1

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

5.0

Worcester, MA-CT

5.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

5.0

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

4.9

Colorado Springs, CO

4.9

Kingston, NY

4.9

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

4.9

Corvallis, OR

4.9

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

4.9

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

4.9

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

4.9

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

4.8

Duluth, MN-WI

4.8

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

4.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.8

Winchester, VA-WV

4.8

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

4.7

Modesto, CA

4.7

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

4.7

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

4.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.7

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

4.7

Trenton, NJ

4.7

Albuquerque, NM

4.7

Salinas, CA

4.6

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

4.6

Boise City, ID

4.6

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

4.6

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

4.6

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.5

Santa Rosa, CA

4.5

Sebring, FL

4.5

Kansas City, MO-KS

4.5

Fargo, ND-MN

4.5

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

4.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

4.4

Valdosta, GA

4.4

Joplin, MO

4.4

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

4.4

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

4.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

4.3

Panama City, FL

4.3

Brunswick, GA

4.3

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

4.3

Burlington, NC

4.3

Salem, OR

4.3

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

4.3

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

4.3

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

4.2

Fairbanks, AK

4.2

New Haven, CT

4.2

Jacksonville, FL

4.2

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

4.2

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

4.2

Sioux Falls, SD

4.2

Longview, TX

4.2

Tucson, AZ

4.1

New Bedford, MA

4.1

Chattanooga, TN-GA

4.1

Harrisonburg, VA

4.1

Eau Claire, WI

4.1

Dothan, AL

4.0

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

4.0

Warner Robins, GA

4.0

Idaho Falls, ID

4.0

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

4.0

Greenville, NC

4.0

Lima, OH

4.0

Anchorage, AK

3.9

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.9

Stockton-Lodi, CA

3.9

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

3.9

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

3.9

Rochester, MN

3.9

Utica-Rome, NY

3.9

Spartanburg, SC

3.9

Waco, TX

3.9

Wenatchee, WA

3.9

Redding, CA

3.8

Ocala, FL

3.8

Columbus, IN

3.8

Leominster-Gardner, MA

3.8

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.8

Lincoln, NE

3.8

Pittsburgh, PA

3.8

York-Hanover, PA

3.8

Abilene, TX

3.8

Midland, MI

3.7

Missoula, MT

3.7

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

3.7

Rocky Mount, NC

3.7

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

3.7

Jackson, TN

3.7

Knoxville, TN

3.7

Wichita Falls, TX

3.7

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

3.7

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3.6

Chico, CA

3.6

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

3.6

Macon-Bibb County, GA

3.6

Lawrence, KS

3.6

Laredo, TX

3.6

Sheboygan, WI

3.6

Jonesboro, AR

3.5

Springfield, IL

3.5

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.5

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

3.5

Manchester, NH

3.5

Binghamton, NY

3.5

Asheville, NC

3.5

New Bern, NC

3.5

Sumter, SC

3.5

Corpus Christi, TX

3.5

Fond du Lac, WI

3.5

Huntsville, AL

3.4

California-Lexington Park, MD

3.4

Cumberland, MD-WV

3.4

Portsmouth, NH-ME

3.4

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

3.3

Gainesville, GA

3.3

Columbia, MO

3.3

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

3.3

Winston-Salem, NC

3.3

Bismarck, ND

3.3

Akron, OH

3.3

Lawton, OK

3.3

Williamsport, PA

3.3

Amarillo, TX

3.3

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

3.3

Greeley, CO

3.2

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.2

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.2

Lancaster, PA

3.2

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.1

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

3.1

Battle Creek, MI

3.1

Oklahoma City, OK

3.1

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

3.1

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.1

Fresno, CA

3.0

Gainesville, FL

3.0

Eugene, OR

3.0

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

3.0

Clarksville, TN-KY

3.0

Madera, CA

2.9

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

2.9

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

2.9

Punta Gorda, FL

2.9

Peoria, IL

2.9

Hammond, LA

2.9

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

2.9

Springfield, MO

2.9

Las Cruces, NM

2.9

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.9

Dover, DE

2.8

Lewiston, ID-WA

2.8

Carbondale-Marion, IL

2.8

Champaign-Urbana, IL

2.8

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

2.8

Muncie, IN

2.8

Dubuque, IA

2.8

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

2.8

Killeen-Temple, TX

2.8

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

2.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

2.7

Ann Arbor, MI

2.7

Santa Fe, NM

2.7

Mansfield, OH

2.7

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

2.7

Roanoke, VA

2.7

Madison, WI

2.7

Casper, WY

2.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

2.6

Yuba City, CA

2.6

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

2.6

Ames, IA

2.6

Farmington, NM

2.6

Columbus, OH

2.6

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

2.6

Lubbock, TX

2.6

Green Bay, WI

2.6

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

2.6

Wausau, WI

2.6

Bakersfield, CA

2.5

Fort Collins, CO

2.5

Danbury, CT

2.5

Homosassa Springs, FL

2.5

Hinesville, GA

2.5

Rome, GA

2.5

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

2.5

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

2.5

Jefferson City, MO

2.5

St. Louis, MO-IL

2.5

El Paso, TX

2.5

Charlottesville, VA

2.5

Janesville-Beloit, WI

2.5

Hot Springs, AR

2.4

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

2.4

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

2.4

Visalia-Porterville, CA

2.4

Grand Junction, CO

2.4

Saginaw, MI

2.4

St. Cloud, MN

2.4

Elmira, NY

2.4

East Stroudsburg, PA

2.4

Beckley, WV

2.4

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.3

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

2.3

Danville, IL

2.3

Bloomington, IN

2.3

Lafayette, LA

2.3

Jackson, MI

2.3

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

2.3

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.3

Syracuse, NY

2.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

2.2

Fort Smith, AR-OK

2.2

Bangor, ME

2.2

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

2.2

Ithaca, NY

2.2

Canton-Massillon, OH

2.2

Tulsa, OK

2.2

Morristown, TN

2.2

Charleston, WV

2.2

Decatur, AL

2.1

Pueblo, CO

2.1

Decatur, IL

2.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

2.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

2.1

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

2.1

Erie, PA

2.1

Florence, SC

2.1

Dalton, GA

2.0

Cedar Rapids, IA

2.0

Grand Island, NE

2.0

Bend-Redmond, OR

2.0

Lebanon, PA

2.0

Morgantown, WV

2.0

Twin Falls, ID

1.9

Alexandria, LA

1.9

Cleveland, TN

1.9

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

1.9

Mobile, AL

1.8

Topeka, KS

1.8

Grand Forks, ND-MN

1.8

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

1.8

Baton Rouge, LA

1.7

Greensboro-High Point, NC

1.7

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1.7

Toledo, OH

1.7

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

1.7

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

1.7

Pine Bluff, AR

1.6

Athens-Clarke County, GA

1.6

Columbia, SC

1.6

College Station-Bryan, TX

1.6

Victoria, TX

1.6

Wheeling, WV-OH

1.6

Jackson, MS

1.5

Billings, MT

1.5

Springfield, OH

1.5

Grants Pass, OR

1.5

Johnson City, TN

1.5

San Angelo, TX

1.5

Longview, WA

1.5

Racine, WI

1.5

Kankakee, IL

1.4

Rockford, IL

1.4

Wichita, KS

1.4

Bowling Green, KY

1.4

Lexington-Fayette, KY

1.4

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

1.4

Montgomery, AL

1.3

The Villages, FL

1.3

Columbus, GA-AL

1.3

Hattiesburg, MS

1.3

Rapid City, SD

1.3

Odessa, TX

1.3

Cheyenne, WY

1.3

Jacksonville, NC

1.2

Kokomo, IN

1.1

Monroe, MI

1.1

Fayetteville, NC

1.1

Appleton, WI

1.1

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

1.0

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

1.0

Goldsboro, NC

1.0

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

0.9

Great Falls, MT

0.9

Dayton, OH

0.9

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

0.9

Richmond, VA

0.9

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

0.8

Tallahassee, FL

0.7

Altoona, PA

0.7

Texarkana, TX-AR

0.7

St. Joseph, MO-KS

0.5

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.4

Monroe, LA

0.4

Gadsden, AL

0.3

Terre Haute, IN

0.3

Reading, PA

0.3

Albany, GA

0.2

Fort Wayne, IN

0.1

Lake Charles, LA

0.0

Bay City, MI

0.0

Lynchburg, VA

0.0

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-0.1

Owensboro, KY

-0.2

Muskegon, MI

-0.3

Enid, OK

-0.4

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-0.4

Bloomington, IL

-0.6

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-0.6

Flint, MI

-0.9

Evansville, IN-KY

-1.1

Iowa City, IA

-1.1

State College, PA

-2.0

Manhattan, KS

-2.1

Johnstown, PA

-3.3

From August 2020 to August 2021, employment increased in 50 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 increases were in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (+9.7 percent), and Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+7.2 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 — August 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 increased in 104 out of 389 metropolitan areas for the year ended August 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/employment-increased-in-104-out-of-389-metropolitan-areas-for-the-year-ended-august-2021.htm (visited November 27, 2021).

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