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Unemployment rates higher in 383 metro areas over the year ended February 2021

April 12, 2021

Unemployment rates were higher in February than a year earlier in 383 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 4 areas, and unchanged in 2 areas.

Over-the-year change in unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, February 2021, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percentage point(s) change

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

0.9 percentage point(s)

Auburn-Opelika, AL

0.5

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

1.0

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

0.8

Decatur, AL

0.3

Dothan, AL

0.8

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

0.1

Gadsden, AL

0.4

Huntsville, AL

0.4

Mobile, AL

2.1

Montgomery, AL

2.2

Tuscaloosa, AL

1.7

Anchorage, AK

2.3

Fairbanks, AK

0.5

Flagstaff, AZ

2.9

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

2.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

2.7

Prescott, AZ

1.6

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

1.0

Tucson, AZ

2.8

Yuma, AZ

-0.5

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

1.0

Fort Smith, AR-OK

1.5

Hot Springs, AR

2.7

Jonesboro, AR

1.2

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

1.7

Pine Bluff, AR

1.5

Bakersfield, CA

1.7

Chico, CA

2.3

El Centro, CA

-2.2

Fresno, CA

1.5

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

0.9

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

5.6

Madera, CA

1.6

Merced, CA

1.3

Modesto, CA

2.5

Napa, CA

3.9

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3.1

Redding, CA

2.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.2

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

3.5

Salinas, CA

0.8

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

4.0

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.7

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

2.8

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

3.3

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

2.0

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

2.7

Santa Rosa, CA

3.6

Stockton-Lodi, CA

3.0

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

4.2

Visalia-Porterville, CA

0.1

Yuba City, CA

1.9

Boulder, CO

3.3

Colorado Springs, CO

3.8

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

4.2

Fort Collins, CO

3.6

Grand Junction, CO

3.8

Greeley, CO

4.4

Pueblo, CO

5.2

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

4.6

Danbury, CT

4.0

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

4.4

New Haven, CT

4.1

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

5.5

Waterbury, CT

5.1

Dover, DE

2.6

Salisbury, MD-DE

1.5

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

2.9

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

0.9

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

0.2

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

1.0

Gainesville, FL

0.3

Homosassa Springs, FL

0.0

Jacksonville, FL

0.5

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

1.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

3.7

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

0.4

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

0.5

Ocala, FL

0.5

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.4

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

0.9

Panama City, FL

0.4

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

0.4

Port St. Lucie, FL

0.6

Punta Gorda, FL

0.4

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

0.7

Sebring, FL

0.3

Tallahassee, FL

0.7

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1.0

The Villages, FL

-0.4

Albany, GA

1.7

Athens-Clarke County, GA

0.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

1.2

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

0.9

Brunswick, GA

1.0

Columbus, GA-AL

1.1

Dalton, GA

0.1

Gainesville, GA

0.4

Hinesville, GA

0.5

Macon-Bibb County, GA

1.2

Rome, GA

0.4

Savannah, GA

1.3

Valdosta, GA

0.7

Warner Robins, GA

0.6

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

10.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

6.0

Boise City, ID

1.6

Coeur d'Alene, ID

1.6

Idaho Falls, ID

1.2

Lewiston, ID-WA

0.7

Pocatello, ID

1.1

Twin Falls, ID

1.4

Bloomington, IL

2.3

Carbondale-Marion, IL

2.7

Champaign-Urbana, IL

2.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4.5

Danville, IL

2.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

2.0

Decatur, IL

4.0

Kankakee, IL

2.8

Peoria, IL

2.8

Rockford, IL

4.8

Springfield, IL

2.9

Bloomington, IN

1.0

Columbus, IN

1.4

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

0.7

Evansville, IN-KY

1.3

Fort Wayne, IN

1.0

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

1.5

Kokomo, IN

4.5

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

1.2

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

2.1

Muncie, IN

1.2

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

1.7

Terre Haute, IN

1.0

Ames, IA

1.3

Cedar Rapids, IA

1.8

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

1.6

Dubuque, IA

1.6

Iowa City, IA

1.7

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

0.9

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

1.1

Lawrence, KS

1.5

Manhattan, KS

1.1

Topeka, KS

0.8

Wichita, KS

2.6

Bowling Green, KY

1.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

0.5

Lexington-Fayette, KY

1.0

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.0

Owensboro, KY

0.8

Alexandria, LA

0.3

Baton Rouge, LA

2.4

Hammond, LA

3.4

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

2.3

Lafayette, LA

2.3

Lake Charles, LA

3.4

Monroe, LA

1.3

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

4.8

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

2.3

Bangor, ME

1.7

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

2.1

Portland-South Portland, ME

2.3

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

2.4

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.3

Cumberland, MD-WV

1.5

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

1.6

Barnstable Town, MA

4.2

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

3.8

Leominster-Gardner, MA

4.6

New Bedford, MA

4.4

Pittsfield, MA

4.9

Springfield, MA-CT

4.5

Worcester, MA-CT

3.9

Ann Arbor, MI

2.0

Battle Creek, MI

2.8

Bay City, MI

2.0

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.3

Flint, MI

3.1

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

2.2

Jackson, MI

2.8

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

2.3

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

2.1

Midland, MI

1.6

Monroe, MI

2.7

Muskegon, MI

3.8

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

2.2

Saginaw, MI

2.5

Duluth, MN-WI

0.6

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

1.0

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.3

Rochester, MN

1.0

St. Cloud, MN

1.1

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

1.1

Hattiesburg, MS

0.7

Jackson, MS

0.8

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

0.6

Columbia, MO

0.7

Jefferson City, MO

0.7

Joplin, MO

0.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.4

St. Joseph, MO-KS

0.6

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.7

Springfield, MO

0.6

Billings, MT

0.9

Great Falls, MT

1.1

Missoula, MT

0.9

Grand Island, NE

0.4

Lincoln, NE

0.9

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

0.7

Carson City, NV

1.5

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.7

Reno, NV

1.8

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

0.8

Manchester, NH

0.5

Portsmouth, NH-ME

1.0

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

6.2

Ocean City, NJ

1.4

Trenton, NJ

3.1

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

3.6

Albuquerque, NM

3.1

Farmington, NM

3.7

Las Cruces, NM

1.6

Santa Fe, NM

3.7

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

2.3

Binghamton, NY

2.0

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.0

Elmira, NY

2.7

Glens Falls, NY

1.9

Ithaca, NY

1.7

Kingston, NY

2.6

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

6.0

Rochester, NY

2.5

Syracuse, NY

2.4

Utica-Rome, NY

2.9

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

0.6

Asheville, NC

2.2

Burlington, NC

2.3

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.3

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

1.8

Fayetteville, NC

3.3

Goldsboro, NC

2.2

Greensboro-High Point, NC

2.9

Greenville, NC

2.1

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

2.2

Jacksonville, NC

1.9

New Bern, NC

2.1

Raleigh, NC

1.7

Rocky Mount, NC

3.3

Wilmington, NC

1.9

Winston-Salem, NC

2.3

Bismarck, ND

1.8

Fargo, ND-MN

1.7

Grand Forks, ND-MN

1.6

Akron, OH

0.9

Canton-Massillon, OH

0.5

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1.0

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-0.5

Columbus, OH

1.4

Dayton, OH

1.3

Lima, OH

1.6

Mansfield, OH

0.8

Springfield, OH

0.5

Toledo, OH

1.3

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

1.0

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

1.2

Enid, OK

1.6

Lawton, OK

1.6

Oklahoma City, OK

2.2

Tulsa, OK

2.3

Albany, OR

2.9

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.5

Corvallis, OR

2.4

Eugene, OR

3.2

Grants Pass, OR

2.5

Medford, OR

2.6

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.0

Salem, OR

2.6

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

3.1

Altoona, PA

2.5

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

2.1

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

1.9

East Stroudsburg, PA

3.3

Erie, PA

4.2

Gettysburg, PA

2.0

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

2.6

Johnstown, PA

2.6

Lancaster, PA

2.4

Lebanon, PA

2.6

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

3.4

Pittsburgh, PA

3.1

Reading, PA

3.3

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

3.6

State College, PA

2.0

Williamsport, PA

2.9

York-Hanover, PA

2.4

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

3.7

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

2.3

Columbia, SC

2.1

Florence, SC

2.2

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

1.9

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

1.9

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

2.7

Spartanburg, SC

2.3

Sumter, SC

2.2

Rapid City, SD

0.1

Sioux Falls, SD

0.4

Chattanooga, TN-GA

0.5

Clarksville, TN-KY

0.8

Cleveland, TN

0.8

Jackson, TN

0.9

Johnson City, TN

0.6

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

1.0

Knoxville, TN

0.7

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

1.9

Morristown, TN

0.3

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

1.1

Abilene, TX

3.0

Amarillo, TX

2.6

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.0

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

6.4

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

5.2

College Station-Bryan, TX

2.9

Corpus Christi, TX

5.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.6

El Paso, TX

4.5

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.6

Killeen-Temple, TX

3.7

Laredo, TX

4.7

Longview, TX

4.3

Lubbock, TX

3.2

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

5.4

Midland, TX

6.0

Odessa, TX

8.6

San Angelo, TX

3.6

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.7

Sherman-Denison, TX

2.9

Texarkana, TX-AR

2.6

Tyler, TX

3.6

Victoria, TX

4.8

Waco, TX

3.1

Wichita Falls, TX

4.0

Logan, UT-ID

0.5

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

0.8

Provo-Orem, UT

0.6

St. George, UT

0.7

Salt Lake City, UT

1.1

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

0.9

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

1.6

Charlottesville, VA

2.7

Harrisonburg, VA

2.3

Lynchburg, VA

2.7

Richmond, VA

3.3

Roanoke, VA

2.5

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

3.5

Winchester, VA-WV

1.7

Bellingham, WA

1.8

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

1.5

Kennewick-Richland, WA

0.5

Longview, WA

1.1

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

1.5

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

1.0

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.7

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

0.8

Walla Walla, WA

0.8

Wenatchee, WA

0.6

Yakima, WA

0.0

Beckley, WV

1.4

Charleston, WV

1.8

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

0.7

Morgantown, WV

1.1

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

1.2

Wheeling, WV-OH

0.1

Appleton, WI

1.0

Eau Claire, WI

1.1

Fond du Lac, WI

1.1

Green Bay, WI

1.1

Janesville-Beloit, WI

1.5

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

1.1

Madison, WI

1.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

1.9

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

1.1

Racine, WI

1.6

Sheboygan, WI

1.0

Wausau, WI

0.9

Casper, WY

3.7

Cheyenne, WY

1.0

Aguadilla-Isabela, PR

-2.5

Arecibo, PR

-2.7

Guayama, PR

-4.0

Mayaguez, PR

-1.0

Ponce, PR

-2.1

San German, PR

-1.9

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR

1.1

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase in February occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+10.6 percentage points). Rates rose over the year by at least 5.0 percentage points in an additional 14 areas. The largest over-the-year jobless rate decrease occurred in El Centro, California (−2.2 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 — February 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, Unemployment rates higher in 383 metro areas over the year ended February 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/unemployment-rates-higher-in-383-metro-areas-over-the-year-ended-february-2021.htm (visited November 27, 2021).

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