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Unemployment rates lower than a year earlier in 388 of 389 metro areas in February 2022

April 14, 2022

In February 2022, unemployment rates were lower than they were a year earlier in 388 of the nation's 389 metropolitan areas and higher in 1 area. The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in February occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (−5.6 percentage points). Rates fell over the year by at least 4.0 percentage points in an additional eight areas, including Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (−5.4 percentage points) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (−5.0 percentage points). Yuma, Arizona, recorded the only jobless rate increase (+1.8 percentage points).

Unemployment rates and over-the-year change in unemployment rates, metropolitan areas, February 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Over-the-year change in unemployment rate Unemployment rate, February 2022 Unemployment rate, February 2021 Number of unemployed, February 2022

Fewer than 5,000 unemployed

Enid, OK

-2.0 percentage points 3.0% 5.0% 785

Carson City, NV

-3.2 3.2 6.4 799

Columbus, IN

-1.8 2.1 3.9 926

Great Falls, MT

-1.8 2.8 4.6 1,089

Manhattan, KS

-0.8 2.3 3.1 1,092

Grand Island, NE

-1.3 2.4 3.7 1,098

Lewiston, ID-WA

-1.0 3.4 4.4 1,108

Hinesville, GA

-1.0 3.3 4.3 1,157

Ames, IA

-1.1 2.0 3.1 1,228

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

-1.8 2.1 3.9 1,312

Corvallis, OR

-2.3 2.8 5.1 1,401

Rome, GA

-1.2 3.2 4.4 1,402

Logan, UT-ID

-0.8 1.8 2.6 1,411

Kokomo, IN

-4.1 4.2 8.3 1,422

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

-1.7 3.0 4.7 1,440

Pocatello, ID

-1.5 3.2 4.7 1,450

Gadsden, AL

-1.0 3.7 4.7 1,455

Grand Forks, ND-MN

-1.8 2.7 4.5 1,463

Ithaca, NY

-1.8 3.0 4.8 1,463

The Villages, FL

-1.9 4.2 6.1 1,486

Sebring, FL

-2.2 4.4 6.6 1,512

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

-1.6 2.5 4.1 1,512

Elmira, NY

-2.6 4.5 7.1 1,535

Muncie, IN

-2.1 3.0 5.1 1,561

Sheboygan, WI

-1.4 2.6 4.0 1,622

Fond du Lac, WI

-1.6 2.8 4.4 1,632

Lawrence, KS

-1.2 2.5 3.7 1,700

Harrisonburg, VA

-1.4 2.6 4.0 1,710

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

-1.0 3.7 4.7 1,723

Brunswick, GA

-1.2 3.3 4.5 1,724

Walla Walla, WA

-1.4 5.2 6.6 1,730

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-3.3 3.7 7.0 1,731

Gettysburg, PA

-2.1 3.2 5.3 1,743

New Bern, NC

-2.1 3.5 5.6 1,756

Lawton, OK

-1.5 3.5 5.0 1,764

Portsmouth, NH-ME

-2.2 2.3 4.5 1,782

Alexandria, LA

-1.5 2.8 4.3 1,801

Winchester, VA-WV

-1.3 2.4 3.7 1,802

Decatur, AL

-0.6 2.5 3.1 1,831

Twin Falls, ID

-1.4 3.3 4.7 1,831

Midland, MI

-1.2 4.8 6.0 1,846

Cheyenne, WY

-1.5 3.7 5.2 1,854

Hot Springs, AR

-2.4 4.6 7.0 1,855

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

-2.1 4.5 6.6 1,880

Danville, IL

-1.7 6.0 7.7 1,885

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

-2.4 2.2 4.6 1,889

St. Joseph, MO-KS

-1.6 3.0 4.6 1,893

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-1.9 3.8 5.7 1,896

Morristown, TN

-1.4 3.5 4.9 1,905

Bloomington, IN

-1.9 2.3 4.2 1,909

Grants Pass, OR

-2.4 5.2 7.6 1,946

Dothan, AL

-0.8 3.0 3.8 1,948

Casper, WY

-3.3 5.0 8.3 1,959

Sumter, SC

-0.9 4.6 5.5 1,974

Owensboro, KY

-1.3 3.6 4.9 1,978

Goldsboro, NC

-2.0 3.9 5.9 1,987

Jefferson City, MO

-1.5 2.7 4.2 1,987

St. George, UT

-1.5 2.4 3.9 2,003

Pine Bluff, AR

-1.7 6.0 7.7 2,004

Jonesboro, AR

-1.5 3.1 4.6 2,035

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-2.1 5.3 7.4 2,040

Jackson, TN

-1.9 3.2 5.1 2,050

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

-1.7 1.7 3.4 2,051

Homosassa Springs, FL

-2.4 4.3 6.7 2,056

Wausau, WI

-1.3 2.7 4.0 2,058

Missoula, MT

-1.5 3.1 4.6 2,065

Auburn-Opelika, AL

-0.6 2.6 3.2 2,076

Cleveland, TN

-1.3 3.5 4.8 2,077

California-Lexington Park, MD

-0.7 3.7 4.4 2,103

Dalton, GA

-1.0 3.6 4.6 2,129

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

-0.7 3.2 3.9 2,137

Bismarck, ND

-1.9 3.0 4.9 2,142

Valdosta, GA

-1.4 3.3 4.7 2,142

Dubuque, IA

-1.6 3.9 5.5 2,156

Rapid City, SD

-1.2 2.8 4.0 2,164

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

-1.5 2.8 4.3 2,165

Fairbanks, AK

-0.6 4.7 5.3 2,171

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

-1.2 4.0 5.2 2,179

Beckley, WV

-2.8 4.8 7.6 2,202

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

-2.3 5.1 7.4 2,225

Cumberland, MD-WV

-1.7 5.3 7.0 2,245

San Angelo, TX

-1.7 4.1 5.8 2,260

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

-2.0 3.4 5.4 2,274

Idaho Falls, ID

-1.1 2.9 4.0 2,329

Columbia, MO

-1.3 2.3 3.6 2,338

Terre Haute, IN

-2.1 3.3 5.4 2,348

Pittsfield, MA

-3.4 5.8 9.2 2,350

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

-1.4 2.5 3.9 2,382

Victoria, TX

-2.3 5.4 7.7 2,404

Joplin, MO

-1.7 2.9 4.6 2,446

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

-1.5 2.6 4.1 2,451

Punta Gorda, FL

-1.8 3.2 5.0 2,452

Billings, MT

-1.7 2.7 4.4 2,458

Gainesville, GA

-0.8 2.4 3.2 2,574

Glens Falls, NY

-2.6 4.4 7.0 2,574

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

-1.9 2.3 4.2 2,586

Bangor, ME

-1.2 3.7 4.9 2,608

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

-1.5 2.1 3.6 2,611

Jacksonville, NC

-2.0 4.0 6.0 2,615

Hammond, LA

-1.9 4.7 6.6 2,634

State College, PA

-1.8 3.4 5.2 2,635

Panama City, FL

-2.0 2.9 4.9 2,643

Iowa City, IA

-1.5 2.7 4.2 2,646

Sherman-Denison, TX

-1.5 4.0 5.5 2,673

Napa, CA

-4.1 3.9 8.0 2,689

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

-0.8 4.2 5.0 2,690

Mansfield, OH

-1.6 5.2 6.8 2,691

Morgantown, WV

-1.3 3.8 5.1 2,720

Albany, OR

-2.5 4.4 6.9 2,729

Springfield, OH

-1.9 4.4 6.3 2,737

Monroe, LA

-2.0 3.5 5.5 2,746

Carbondale-Marion, IL

-1.9 4.7 6.6 2,752

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

-1.0 2.7 3.7 2,760

Manchester, NH

-2.2 2.3 4.5 2,771

Warner Robins, GA

-1.2 3.1 4.3 2,778

Johnson City, TN

-1.6 3.0 4.6 2,785

Hattiesburg, MS

-2.0 4.0 6.0 2,798

Albany, GA

-2.0 4.2 6.2 2,820

Wichita Falls, TX

-1.9 4.4 6.3 2,833

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

-1.3 3.1 4.4 2,848

Altoona, PA

-2.2 4.9 7.1 2,854

Lima, OH

-1.5 6.0 7.5 2,879

Lebanon, PA

-2.4 4.0 6.4 2,905

Farmington, NM

-3.3 5.8 9.1 2,908

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

-2.1 5.8 7.9 2,922

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

-2.2 3.9 6.1 2,945

Burlington, NC

-2.2 3.6 5.8 2,947

Rochester, MN

-1.8 2.3 4.1 2,955

Bowling Green, KY

-1.9 3.5 5.4 2,972

Bay City, MI

-1.3 6.2 7.5 2,988

Athens-Clarke County, GA

-1.0 2.9 3.9 3,003

Williamsport, PA

-2.4 5.6 8.0 3,057

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

-1.5 3.5 5.0 3,072

Charlottesville, VA

-1.6 2.6 4.2 3,084

Abilene, TX

-1.6 3.8 5.4 3,088

Longview, WA

-1.8 6.3 8.1 3,148

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

-1.6 3.7 5.3 3,164

Santa Fe, NM

-2.6 4.3 6.9 3,172

Texarkana, TX-AR

-1.7 4.9 6.6 3,179

Prescott, AZ

-2.3 3.0 5.3 3,184

Eau Claire, WI

-1.7 3.4 5.1 3,197

Johnstown, PA

-2.2 5.9 8.1 3,234

Decatur, IL

-2.0 7.1 9.1 3,290

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

-1.7 2.5 4.2 3,345

Battle Creek, MI

-1.8 5.6 7.4 3,354

St. Cloud, MN

-2.1 3.0 5.1 3,355

Kingston, NY

-2.6 3.9 6.5 3,380

Kankakee, IL

-1.6 6.5 8.1 3,389

Greenville, NC

-1.9 3.9 5.8 3,438

Janesville-Beloit, WI

-1.8 4.0 5.8 3,490

Coeur d'Alene, ID

-2.1 4.1 6.2 3,495

Grand Junction, CO

-2.7 4.4 7.1 3,500

Fargo, ND-MN

-1.8 2.4 4.2 3,523

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

-0.5 3.9 4.4 3,524

Flagstaff, AZ

-3.3 4.7 8.0 3,529

Topeka, KS

-0.8 2.9 3.7 3,529

Wheeling, WV-OH

-2.0 5.7 7.7 3,554

Appleton, WI

-1.4 2.7 4.1 3,594

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

-1.8 5.2 7.0 3,660

Bloomington, IL

-1.7 3.9 5.6 3,670

Tuscaloosa, AL

-1.1 3.2 4.3 3,702

Lynchburg, VA

-1.8 3.1 4.9 3,719

Lake Charles, LA

-2.7 3.7 6.4 3,785

Macon-Bibb County, GA

-1.8 3.6 5.4 3,792

Rocky Mount, NC

-1.8 6.2 8.0 3,811

Jackson, MI

-1.6 5.3 6.9 3,824

Redding, CA

-3.3 5.3 8.6 3,874

Lincoln, NE

-1.3 2.1 3.4 3,887

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

-2.4 4.4 6.8 3,903

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

-2.1 6.2 8.3 3,926

Gainesville, FL

-1.8 2.7 4.5 4,038

Florence, SC

-0.8 4.2 5.0 4,060

Wenatchee, WA

-1.6 6.2 7.8 4,062

Ocean City, NJ

-4.3 10.0 14.3 4,103

Leominster-Gardner, MA

-3.2 5.2 8.4 4,117

Evansville, IN-KY

-1.7 2.6 4.3 4,127

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

-3.1 6.2 9.3 4,150

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

-4.2 4.8 9.0 4,165

Charleston, WV

-2.4 4.6 7.0 4,185

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

-1.8 3.1 4.9 4,210

Sioux Falls, SD

-0.8 2.7 3.5 4,210

Fort Smith, AR-OK

-1.7 3.6 5.3 4,232

Racine, WI

-1.8 4.3 6.1 4,241

Dover, DE

-1.6 5.2 6.8 4,247

Bend-Redmond, OR

-3.4 4.1 7.5 4,286

Roanoke, VA

-1.7 2.8 4.5 4,322

Midland, TX

-3.0 4.3 7.3 4,499

Clarksville, TN-KY

-1.8 3.7 5.5 4,527

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

-3.4 3.3 6.7 4,531

Amarillo, TX

-1.2 3.4 4.6 4,586

Madera, CA

-3.5 7.1 10.6 4,606

Monroe, MI

-0.4 6.3 6.7 4,630

Medford, OR

-2.6 4.3 6.9 4,641

Danbury, CT

-2.6 4.5 7.1 4,683

Binghamton, NY

-2.5 4.5 7.0 4,707

Chico, CA

-3.4 5.1 8.5 4,724

Tyler, TX

-2.0 4.3 6.3 4,763

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

-2.6 3.1 5.7 4,785

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

-1.6 2.6 4.2 4,802

Columbus, GA-AL

-1.3 3.9 5.2 4,819

Muskegon, MI

-2.2 6.4 8.6 4,836

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

-3.2 8.5 11.7 4,842

Pueblo, CO

-2.7 6.1 8.8 4,864

Duluth, MN-WI

-2.0 3.4 5.4 4,868

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

-1.5 3.7 5.2 4,869

Champaign-Urbana, IL

-1.9 3.8 5.7 4,988

5,000–9,999 unemployed

College Station-Bryan, TX

-1.5 3.5 5.0 5,012

Las Cruces, NM

-1.9 5.1 7.0 5,019

Wilmington, NC

-2.0 3.2 5.2 5,030

Odessa, TX

-4.5 6.2 10.7 5,071

Springfield, IL

-1.9 4.8 6.7 5,084

Ocala, FL

-2.2 3.6 5.8 5,124

Longview, TX

-2.3 5.3 7.6 5,149

Fort Wayne, IN

-2.1 2.4 4.5 5,264

Green Bay, WI

-1.5 3.0 4.5 5,271

East Stroudsburg, PA

-2.3 6.5 8.8 5,367

Waco, TX

-1.7 4.1 5.8 5,376

Saginaw, MI

-1.2 6.8 8.0 5,494

Cedar Rapids, IA

-1.8 4.0 5.8 5,679

Yuba City, CA

-3.7 7.4 11.1 5,720

Utica-Rome, NY

-2.8 4.5 7.3 5,731

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

-2.2 3.4 5.6 5,805

New Bedford, MA

-2.7 6.9 9.6 5,821

Huntsville, AL

-0.7 2.4 3.1 5,924

Tallahassee, FL

-2.0 3.1 5.1 6,065

Provo-Orem, UT

-1.2 1.8 3.0 6,183

Montgomery, AL

-1.4 3.5 4.9 6,207

Lubbock, TX

-1.6 3.7 5.3 6,284

Laredo, TX

-2.4 5.3 7.7 6,306

Boulder, CO

-2.1 3.2 5.3 6,362

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

-1.7 4.8 6.5 6,383

Springfield, MO

-1.5 2.7 4.2 6,470

Savannah, GA

-1.6 3.2 4.8 6,530

Bellingham, WA

-2.4 5.5 7.9 6,565

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

-1.9 4.6 6.5 6,756

Portland-South Portland, ME

-1.6 3.3 4.9 6,790

Spartanburg, SC

-0.8 4.0 4.8 6,804

Waterbury, CT

-3.0 6.3 9.3 6,890

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

-2.0 3.0 5.0 6,938

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

-1.9 3.8 5.7 7,013

Reno, NV

-3.0 2.8 5.8 7,078

Asheville, NC

-2.1 3.1 5.2 7,087

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

-1.4 2.1 3.5 7,180

Greeley, CO

-2.5 4.3 6.8 7,198

Trenton, NJ

-2.8 3.5 6.3 7,218

Ann Arbor, MI

-1.1 3.7 4.8 7,287

Lafayette, LA

-2.2 3.4 5.6 7,291

Fort Collins, CO

-2.3 3.5 5.8 7,297

Port St. Lucie, FL

-2.0 3.2 5.2 7,324

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

-1.6 4.5 6.1 7,398

Barnstable Town, MA

-3.4 6.3 9.7 7,490

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

-3.2 5.6 8.8 7,512

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

-1.6 5.0 6.6 7,611

Erie, PA

-2.9 6.1 9.0 7,622

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

-2.3 4.6 6.9 7,648

Eugene, OR

-2.7 4.2 6.9 7,696

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

-1.3 2.6 3.9 7,747

Mobile, AL

-1.5 4.1 5.6 7,917

Fayetteville, NC

-2.4 5.5 7.9 8,036

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

-3.4 6.0 9.4 8,062

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

-5.4 6.6 12.0 8,193

Salem, OR

-2.6 3.9 6.5 8,223

Lexington-Fayette, KY

-1.3 3.1 4.4 8,383

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

-2.2 2.9 5.1 8,476

Santa Rosa, CA

-3.5 3.5 7.0 8,603

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

-2.2 4.6 6.8 8,641

Killeen-Temple, TX

-1.8 4.9 6.7 9,128

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

-1.8 2.9 4.7 9,196

York-Hanover, PA

-2.5 3.9 6.4 9,206

Chattanooga, TN-GA

-1.0 3.3 4.3 9,216

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

-3.7 4.3 8.0 9,344

Canton-Massillon, OH

-1.9 4.8 6.7 9,356

Peoria, IL

-1.9 5.6 7.5 9,492

Kennewick-Richland, WA

-1.5 6.4 7.9 9,616

Madison, WI

-1.3 2.5 3.8 9,841

El Centro, CA

-3.4 14.0 17.4 9,886

10,000–24,999 unemployed

Anchorage, AK

-2.4 5.0 7.4 10,128

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

-0.7 3.8 4.5 10,217

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

-2.1 3.4 5.5 10,307

Lancaster, PA

-2.1 3.7 5.8 10,336

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

-1.1 4.4 5.5 10,380

Salisbury, MD-DE

-1.5 5.5 7.0 10,466

Reading, PA

-2.6 5.1 7.7 10,601

Jackson, MS

-1.9 4.1 6.0 10,630

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

-3.8 5.3 9.1 10,720

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

-2.0 2.9 4.9 10,763

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

-1.8 2.8 4.6 10,765

Merced, CA

-3.8 9.3 13.1 10,803

Yakima, WA

-1.5 8.3 9.8 10,807

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

-1.5 5.4 6.9 10,956

Wichita, KS

-1.8 3.5 5.3 11,121

Winston-Salem, NC

-2.0 3.5 5.5 11,403

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

-2.4 3.9 6.3 11,842

Yuma, AZ

1.8 12.0 10.2 11,898

Flint, MI

-1.5 6.8 8.3 11,981

Boise City, ID

-1.6 3.0 4.6 12,257

Knoxville, TN

-1.5 2.8 4.3 12,283

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

-2.6 3.7 6.3 12,315

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

-1.7 3.4 5.1 12,484

Rockford, IL

-2.5 7.9 10.4 12,618

Syracuse, NY

-2.6 4.2 6.8 12,812

Corpus Christi, TX

-2.2 6.3 8.5 12,948

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

-2.4 7.3 9.7 13,035

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

-1.1 2.7 3.8 13,337

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

-1.7 3.8 5.5 13,370

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

-3.1 8.0 11.1 13,466

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-2.4 6.0 8.4 13,623

Toledo, OH

-2.2 4.7 6.9 14,157

Baton Rouge, LA

-1.8 3.4 5.2 14,184

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

-0.8 3.6 4.4 14,596

Greensboro-High Point, NC

-2.4 4.1 6.5 14,911

Salt Lake City, UT

-1.5 2.2 3.7 15,273

Columbia, SC

-0.6 3.8 4.4 15,315

New Haven, CT

-2.6 4.6 7.2 15,357

Colorado Springs, CO

-2.4 4.2 6.6 15,461

Modesto, CA

-3.5 6.5 10.0 15,537

Tulsa, OK

-2.2 3.2 5.4 15,660

Worcester, MA-CT

-2.8 4.4 7.2 15,794

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.9 2.8 3.7 16,002

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

-0.6 3.6 4.2 16,078

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

-2.3 3.6 5.9 16,115

Urban Honolulu, HI

-2.3 3.6 5.9 16,331

Akron, OH

-1.9 4.7 6.6 16,523

Dayton, OH

-2.2 4.2 6.4 16,545

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

-3.1 6.1 9.2 16,702

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

-1.8 5.7 7.5 16,946

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

-3.4 4.1 7.5 16,951

Tucson, AZ

-2.7 3.6 6.3 17,489

Salinas, CA

-3.8 8.8 12.6 18,172

Springfield, MA-CT

-3.0 5.0 8.0 18,792

Visalia-Porterville, CA

-3.5 9.2 12.7 18,965

El Paso, TX

-2.2 5.3 7.5 19,403

Albuquerque, NM

-2.3 4.4 6.7 19,600

Oklahoma City, OK

-2.0 2.9 4.9 20,344

Richmond, VA

-1.9 3.2 5.1 21,111

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

-1.6 3.8 5.4 21,285

Rochester, NY

-2.6 4.1 6.7 21,294

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

-2.7 4.8 7.5 21,589

Stockton-Lodi, CA

-3.8 6.6 10.4 22,102

Raleigh, NC

-1.9 3.0 4.9 22,661

Jacksonville, FL

-2.0 2.8 4.8 23,156

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

-2.9 5.1 8.0 23,422

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-1.2 3.5 4.7 23,465

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-2.9 4.7 7.6 24,865

25,000–49,999 unemployed

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-2.0 4.5 6.5 26,386

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

-2.1 2.4 4.5 26,610

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

-2.0 3.4 5.4 28,349

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

-1.7 3.7 5.4 29,853

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

-1.7 2.7 4.4 30,158

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-2.7 5.0 7.7 30,758

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-2.6 4.7 7.3 30,767

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

-2.5 8.4 10.9 31,372

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-3.0 3.0 6.0 31,888

Bakersfield, CA

-3.6 8.3 11.9 32,313

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-2.6 4.7 7.3 32,920

Fresno, CA

-3.6 7.6 11.2 34,616

Columbus, OH

-2.2 3.7 5.9 41,574

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-1.6 3.8 5.4 42,531

Kansas City, MO-KS

-1.3 3.7 5.0 42,555

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-1.8 3.3 5.1 44,912

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-2.8 3.4 6.2 46,118

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-2.2 2.9 5.1 47,413

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-1.9 2.4 4.3 48,283

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-3.5 4.3 7.8 48,798

50,000–99,999 unemployed

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-1.8 3.7 5.5 50,926

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-2.1 4.2 6.3 52,479

St. Louis, MO-IL

-1.9 3.7 5.6 54,172

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

-2.6 3.9 6.5 54,431

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

-5.6 5.3 10.9 58,993

Pittsburgh, PA

-2.6 5.1 7.7 59,419

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-1.6 4.2 5.8 63,026

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-3.9 4.0 7.9 64,076

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-1.0 6.4 7.4 64,520

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-2.4 4.0 6.4 68,670

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

-2.7 3.1 5.8 79,753

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

-2.1 3.7 5.8 82,494

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-3.4 3.4 6.8 86,678

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-3.1 3.0 6.1 93,493

100,000 or more unemployed

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-2.9 3.7 6.6 103,319

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-1.5 3.2 4.7 103,736

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-3.7 5.0 8.7 108,510

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-1.6 5.4 7.0 116,325

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

-1.7 3.6 5.3 121,637

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

-2.7 4.7 7.4 148,393

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-2.1 4.1 6.2 172,196

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-2.3 5.3 7.6 184,582

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

-2.5 4.9 7.4 241,392

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-5.0 4.9 9.9 330,133

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

-4.3 5.1 9.4 506,897

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.7 percent, followed by Logan, Utah-Idaho, and Provo-Orem, Utah, 1.8 percent each. El Centro, California, had the highest rate, 14.0 percent in February 2022, though this was 3.4 percentage points lower than it was a year earlier.

Of the 51 metro areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Salt Lake City, Utah, had the lowest jobless rate in February, 2.2 percent, followed by Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana, and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin, 2.4 percent each. Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, had the highest unemployment rate, 6.4 percent. All 51 large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases from February 2021 to February 2022, the largest of which was in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise. The smallest rate decrease over the year occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (−0.9 percentage point).

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 2022." Also of interest: Charts and maps on metropolitan area employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates lower than a year earlier in 388 of 389 metro areas in February 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/unemployment-rates-lower-than-a-year-earlier-in-388-of-389-metro-areas-in-february-2022.htm (visited September 26, 2022).

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