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Employment increased in 111 metro areas over the year ended September 2022

November 14, 2022

In September 2022, nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 111 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 278 areas. A total of 36 metropolitan areas had over-the-year employment increases of at least 4.7 percent. Overall, employment in the United States increased 3.7 percent from September 2021 to September 2022.

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, September 2021 to September 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change

United States, total

3.7%

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

9.8

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

9.7

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

7.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

6.5

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

6.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

6.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

6.0

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

5.9

Raleigh, NC

5.9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

5.8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

5.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

5.7

Provo-Orem, UT

5.6

Austin-Round Rock, TX

5.4

Knoxville, TN

5.4

Athens-Clarke County, GA

5.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

5.2

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

5.2

Flagstaff, AZ

5.1

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.1

Twin Falls, ID

5.1

Jacksonville, FL

5.0

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

5.0

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4.9

Odessa, TX

4.9

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

4.8

Sioux Falls, SD

4.8

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

4.8

Yuma, AZ

4.8

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

4.7

Anchorage, AK

4.7

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

4.7

Midland, TX

4.7

Portland-South Portland, ME

4.7

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

4.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

4.6

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

4.6

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

4.6

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

4.6

Port St. Lucie, FL

4.6

Prescott, AZ

4.6

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

4.6

Boulder, CO

4.5

Kennewick-Richland, WA

4.5

Punta Gorda, FL

4.5

Asheville, NC

4.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4.4

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

4.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.4

Oklahoma City, OK

4.4

Panama City, FL

4.4

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

4.4

Rockford, IL

4.4

Savannah, GA

4.4

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

4.4

Spartanburg, SC

4.4

Wilmington, NC

4.4

Brunswick, GA

4.3

Laredo, TX

4.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

4.3

Tulsa, OK

4.3

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

4.2

Billings, MT

4.2

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

4.2

Hammond, LA

4.2

Lafayette, LA

4.2

Las Cruces, NM

4.2

Lebanon, PA

4.2

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

4.2

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

4.2

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

4.1

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

4.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.1

Bloomington, IN

4.0

Morristown, TN

4.0

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

4.0

Reno, NV

4.0

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

4.0

Tyler, TX

4.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

3.9

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.9

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.9

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.9

Muncie, IN

3.9

York-Hanover, PA

3.9

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.8

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

3.8

Fairbanks, AK

3.8

Fayetteville, NC

3.8

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

3.8

St. George, UT

3.8

Urban Honolulu, HI

3.8

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

3.7

Clarksville, TN-KY

3.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

3.7

Johnson City, TN

3.7

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

3.7

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

3.7

Bangor, ME

3.6

Charlottesville, VA

3.6

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.6

Gainesville, GA

3.6

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.6

Lubbock, TX

3.6

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

3.6

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

3.6

Springfield, IL

3.6

Springfield, MA-CT

3.6

Waco, TX

3.6

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.5

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.5

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

3.5

Visalia-Porterville, CA

3.5

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

3.4

College Station-Bryan, TX

3.4

Killeen-Temple, TX

3.4

Manchester, NH

3.4

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.4

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3.4

Rapid City, SD

3.4

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

3.4

Tallahassee, FL

3.4

The Villages, FL

3.4

Toledo, OH

3.4

Grants Pass, OR

3.3

Greensboro-High Point, NC

3.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

3.3

Lynchburg, VA

3.3

Morgantown, WV

3.3

Rochester, MN

3.3

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

3.2

Corpus Christi, TX

3.2

Corvallis, OR

3.2

Fresno, CA

3.2

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

3.2

Longview, WA

3.2

Muskegon, MI

3.2

Ocean City, NJ

3.2

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

3.2

Rome, GA

3.2

St. Cloud, MN

3.2

Albany, GA

3.1

Binghamton, NY

3.1

Columbus, GA-AL

3.1

Fort Wayne, IN

3.1

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.1

Kingston, NY

3.1

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

3.1

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

3.1

Pueblo, CO

3.1

Santa Rosa, CA

3.1

Victoria, TX

3.1

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3.0

Carbondale-Marion, IL

3.0

Cleveland, TN

3.0

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

3.0

El Centro, CA

3.0

Gainesville, FL

3.0

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.0

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

3.0

Rochester, NY

3.0

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.0

Wichita Falls, TX

3.0

Yakima, WA

3.0

Altoona, PA

2.9

Boise City, ID

2.9

Carson City, NV

2.9

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

2.9

Idaho Falls, ID

2.9

New Haven, CT

2.9

Pittsburgh, PA

2.9

Albany, OR

2.8

Bowling Green, KY

2.8

Colorado Springs, CO

2.8

Columbia, SC

2.8

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

2.8

Iowa City, IA

2.8

Lake Charles, LA

2.8

Lexington-Fayette, KY

2.8

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.8

Stockton-Lodi, CA

2.8

Syracuse, NY

2.8

Wenatchee, WA

2.8

Burlington, NC

2.7

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.7

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

2.7

Danbury, CT

2.7

Fort Collins, CO

2.7

Gadsden, AL

2.7

Huntsville, AL

2.7

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

2.7

Madera, CA

2.7

Madison, WI

2.7

Merced, CA

2.7

San Angelo, TX

2.7

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

2.7

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

2.7

Alexandria, LA

2.6

Beckley, WV

2.6

Bloomington, IL

2.6

Columbus, IN

2.6

Columbus, OH

2.6

Dover, DE

2.6

Erie, PA

2.6

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

2.6

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

2.6

Macon-Bibb County, GA

2.6

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

2.6

Peoria, IL

2.6

Santa Fe, NM

2.6

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

2.6

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

2.6

Terre Haute, IN

2.6

Baton Rouge, LA

2.5

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

2.5

Evansville, IN-KY

2.5

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

2.5

Jackson, TN

2.5

Jacksonville, NC

2.5

Longview, TX

2.5

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

2.5

Reading, PA

2.5

Texarkana, TX-AR

2.5

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

2.5

Winston-Salem, NC

2.5

Ann Arbor, MI

2.4

Appleton, WI

2.4

Bellingham, WA

2.4

Chico, CA

2.4

Duluth, MN-WI

2.4

Eugene, OR

2.4

Greeley, CO

2.4

Hinesville, GA

2.4

Kankakee, IL

2.4

Leominster-Gardner, MA

2.4

Lewiston, ID-WA

2.4

Logan, UT-ID

2.4

Missoula, MT

2.4

Montgomery, AL

2.4

Ocala, FL

2.4

Trenton, NJ

2.4

Utica-Rome, NY

2.4

Winchester, VA-WV

2.4

Albuquerque, NM

2.3

Bakersfield, CA

2.3

Danville, IL

2.3

Decatur, AL

2.3

East Stroudsburg, PA

2.3

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

2.3

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

2.3

Fort Smith, AR-OK

2.3

Pocatello, ID

2.3

Salt Lake City, UT

2.3

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

2.3

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.3

Warner Robins, GA

2.3

Wheeling, WV-OH

2.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

2.2

Coeur d'Alene, ID

2.2

Dothan, AL

2.2

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

2.2

Lima, OH

2.2

Springfield, MO

2.2

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

2.2

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

2.2

Williamsport, PA

2.2

Abilene, TX

2.1

Cedar Rapids, IA

2.1

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.1

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

2.1

Hot Springs, AR

2.1

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.1

Napa, CA

2.1

Salinas, CA

2.1

Sheboygan, WI

2.1

Dalton, GA

2.0

Elmira, NY

2.0

Goldsboro, NC

2.0

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

2.0

Johnstown, PA

2.0

Joplin, MO

2.0

Mansfield, OH

2.0

Richmond, VA

2.0

St. Louis, MO-IL

2.0

Albany-Schedy-Troy, NY

1.9

Amarillo, TX

1.9

Decatur, IL

1.9

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

1.9

Pine Bluff, AR

1.9

Tucson, AZ

1.9

Chattanooga, TN-GA

1.8

Gettysburg, PA

1.8

Grand Junction, CO

1.8

Green Bay, WI

1.8

Janesville-Beloit, WI

1.8

Medford, OR

1.8

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

1.8

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

1.8

Wichita, KS

1.8

Ames, IA

1.7

Battle Creek, MI

1.7

Bay City, MI

1.7

Enid, OK

1.7

Great Falls, MT

1.7

Harrisonburg, VA

1.7

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

1.7

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

1.7

Modesto, CA

1.7

Owensboro, KY

1.7

State College, PA

1.7

Worcester, MA-CT

1.7

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

1.6

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

1.6

Columbia, MO

1.6

El Paso, TX

1.6

Lawton, OK

1.6

Roanoke, VA

1.6

Cheyenne, WY

1.5

Dayton, OH

1.5

Glens Falls, NY

1.5

Jonesboro, AR

1.5

Lincoln, NE

1.5

Monroe, LA

1.5

Salem, OR

1.5

Yuba City, CA

1.5

Canton-Massillon, OH

1.4

Champaign-Urbana, IL

1.4

Greenville, NC

1.4

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

1.4

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

1.4

Valdosta, GA

1.4

California-Lexington Park, MD

1.3

Flint, MI

1.3

Fond du Lac, WI

1.3

Jefferson City, MO

1.3

Akron, OH

1.2

Bismarck, ND

1.2

Fargo, ND-MN

1.2

Lancaster, PA

1.2

Manhattan, KS

1.2

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

1.2

New Bedford, MA

1.2

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

1.2

Saginaw, MI

1.2

Salisbury, MD-DE

1.2

Casper, WY

1.1

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1.1

New Bern, NC

1.1

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

1.1

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

1.0

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

1.0

Eau Claire, WI

0.9

Farmington, NM

0.9

Jackson, MI

0.9

Redding, CA

0.9

Ithaca, NY

0.8

Kokomo, IN

0.8

Midland, MI

0.8

Wausau, WI

0.8

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

0.7

Dubuque, IA

0.7

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

0.7

Topeka, KS

0.7

Springfield, OH

0.6

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

0.6

Charleston, WV

0.5

Hattiesburg, MS

0.5

St. Joseph, MO-KS

0.5

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

0.5

Homosassa Springs, FL

0.3

Florence, SC

0.2

Grand Forks, ND-MN

0.2

Lawrence, KS

0.2

Waterbury, CT

0.2

Barnstable Town, MA

0.0

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

0.0

Monroe, MI

0.0

Jackson, MS

-0.1

Mobile, AL

-0.1

Cumberland, MD-WV

-0.3

Racine, WI

-0.3

Pittsfield, MA

-0.5

Portsmouth, NH-ME

-0.5

Sumter, SC

-0.5

Walla Walla, WA

-0.7

Rocky Mount, NC

-0.9

Grand Island, NE

-1.2

Sebring, FL

-2.0

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment occurred in Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+9.8 percent), New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (+9.7 percent), and Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (+7.0 percent). Four metropolitan areas—Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas; Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina; Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas; and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee had employment increases of at least 6.0 percent.

Over the year ended in September 2022, nonfarm employment increased in 47 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of at least 1 million, while employment was essentially unchanged in 4 of these large areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land.

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 — September 2022." 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 111 metro areas over the year ended September 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/employment-increased-in-111-metro-areas-over-the-year-ended-september-2022.htm (visited June 18, 2024).

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