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Unemployment rates were lower in May 2022 than a year earlier in 385 of 389 metro areas

July 07, 2022

Unemployment rates were lower in May 2022 than a year earlier in 385 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 2 areas, and unchanged in 2 areas. A total of 150 areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and 2 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate in May was 3.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.5 percent a year earlier.

 Metropolitan area unemployment rates, May 2022
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate Over-the-year change

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

2.9% -1.1 percentage points

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2.1 -0.7

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.2 -0.9

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

2.2 -0.6

Decatur, AL

2.0 -0.6

Dothan, AL

2.4 -0.8

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

2.6 -0.8

Gadsden, AL

2.9 -1.1

Huntsville, AL

1.9 -0.6

Mobile, AL

3.2 -1.5

Montgomery, AL

2.7 -1.4

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.5 -1.3

Anchorage, AK

4.1 -2.5

Fairbanks, AK

3.9 -1.5

Flagstaff, AZ

4.2 -2.2

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

4.0 -1.9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

2.9 -2.0

Prescott, AZ

2.8 -1.7

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

3.7 -1.6

Tucson, AZ

3.3 -2.1

Yuma, AZ

14.4 0.3

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

2.2 -1.0

Fort Smith, AR-OK

3.1 -1.1

Hot Springs, AR

3.7 -1.7

Jonesboro, AR

2.7 -1.0

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

3.1 -1.4

Pine Bluff, AR

5.1 -1.3

Bakersfield, CA

6.0 -4.4

Chico, CA

3.4 -3.5

El Centro, CA

11.4 -5.6

Fresno, CA

5.2 -4.1

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

5.6 -4.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.0 -4.7

Madera, CA

4.9 -4.1

Merced, CA

6.2 -4.3

Modesto, CA

4.5 -4.1

Napa, CA

2.3 -3.6

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

2.7 -3.4

Redding, CA

3.4 -3.3

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

3.4 -4.1

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

2.9 -3.6

Salinas, CA

4.4 -3.4

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

2.7 -3.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.2 -3.6

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

1.9 -3.1

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

2.1 -3.2

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

3.6 -3.4

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

2.4 -3.2

Santa Rosa, CA

2.3 -3.2

Stockton-Lodi, CA

4.3 -4.4

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

3.5 -4.1

Visalia-Porterville, CA

6.5 -4.2

Yuba City, CA

5.0 -4.0

Boulder, CO

2.4 -2.2

Colorado Springs, CO

3.2 -2.6

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.1 -2.7

Fort Collins, CO

2.6 -2.2

Grand Junction, CO

3.3 -2.5

Greeley, CO

3.3 -2.7

Pueblo, CO

4.9 -3.3

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

4.1 -2.5

Danbury, CT

3.4 -2.1

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

3.9 -2.8

New Haven, CT

3.8 -2.5

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

4.2 -3.1

Waterbury, CT

4.9 -3.4

Dover, DE

5.0 -1.1

Salisbury, MD-DE

4.2 -1.2

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

3.3 -1.8

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

2.4 -1.8

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

2.0 -1.2

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

2.6 -2.1

Gainesville, FL

2.3 -1.4

Homosassa Springs, FL

3.5 -2.1

Jacksonville, FL

2.3 -1.7

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.0 -2.5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.4 -2.7

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

2.1 -1.4

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

2.2 -1.6

Ocala, FL

3.0 -1.9

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

2.7 -2.6

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

2.3 -1.7

Panama City, FL

2.1 -1.7

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

2.4 -1.7

Port St. Lucie, FL

2.6 -1.9

Punta Gorda, FL

2.6 -1.7

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

2.9 -1.9

Sebring, FL

3.6 -2.2

Tallahassee, FL

2.5 -1.7

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.4 -1.9

The Villages, FL

3.4 -1.6

Albany, GA

3.5 -1.9

Athens-Clarke County, GA

2.5 -0.9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2.6 -1.4

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

3.1 -0.7

Brunswick, GA

2.8 -1.3

Columbus, GA-AL

3.2 -1.3

Dalton, GA

3.5 -0.5

Gainesville, GA

2.1 -0.6

Hinesville, GA

2.9 -0.9

Macon-Bibb County, GA

3.0 -1.6

Rome, GA

2.8 -0.9

Savannah, GA

2.6 -1.5

Valdosta, GA

2.8 -1.4

Warner Robins, GA

2.7 -1.0

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

4.2 -3.1

Urban Honolulu, HI

3.4 -1.7

Boise City, ID

2.2 -1.2

Coeur d'Alene, ID

2.7 -1.2

Idaho Falls, ID

2.0 -0.7

Lewiston, ID-WA

2.6 -0.7

Pocatello, ID

2.3 -1.2

Twin Falls, ID

2.3 -1.0

Bloomington, IL

4.1 -0.2

Carbondale-Marion, IL

5.0 -0.2

Champaign-Urbana, IL

4.3 -0.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4.2 -2.3

Danville, IL

6.1 0.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.8 -1.5

Decatur, IL

7.1 0.0

Kankakee, IL

6.2 0.2

Peoria, IL

5.5 -0.1

Rockford, IL

8.3 -0.1

Springfield, IL

4.7 -0.4

Bloomington, IN

2.5 -0.8

Columbus, IN

2.0 -1.2

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

1.8 -1.0

Evansville, IN-KY

2.5 -1.3

Fort Wayne, IN

2.3 -1.6

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

2.4 -1.5

Kokomo, IN

4.1 -2.7

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

2.4 -1.2

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

3.2 -2.4

Muncie, IN

2.9 -1.4

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

2.9 -1.8

Terre Haute, IN

2.9 -1.6

Ames, IA

1.6 -1.6

Cedar Rapids, IA

2.6 -2.6

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.2 -2.3

Dubuque, IA

2.2 -2.2

Iowa City, IA

1.9 -2.2

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.1 -1.8

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

2.3 -2.1

Lawrence, KS

2.3 -0.8

Manhattan, KS

2.3 -0.3

Topeka, KS

2.5 -0.5

Wichita, KS

3.0 -1.6

Bowling Green, KY

3.3 -1.1

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

4.2 -0.3

Lexington-Fayette, KY

2.9 -0.8

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.7 -0.3

Owensboro, KY

3.5 -0.6

Alexandria, LA

2.7 -1.7

Baton Rouge, LA

3.2 -2.3

Hammond, LA

4.4 -2.5

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

3.4 -1.9

Lafayette, LA

3.2 -2.4

Lake Charles, LA

3.4 -2.8

Monroe, LA

3.4 -2.2

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

4.1 -2.9

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

3.6 -2.4

Bangor, ME

2.8 -1.9

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

3.0 -2.2

Portland-South Portland, ME

2.6 -1.8

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

3.6 -2.1

California-Lexington Park, MD

3.3 -1.2

Cumberland, MD-WV

4.2 -1.8

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

3.1 -1.6

Barnstable Town, MA

3.9 -2.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

3.0 -2.4

Leominster-Gardner, MA

4.0 -2.6

New Bedford, MA

4.8 -2.3

Pittsfield, MA

4.3 -2.8

Springfield, MA-CT

3.9 -2.7

Worcester, MA-CT

3.5 -2.4

Ann Arbor, MI

3.6 -1.3

Battle Creek, MI

4.9 -2.3

Bay City, MI

4.9 -1.5

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

4.9 -1.6

Flint, MI

5.8 -2.2

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.4 -1.7

Jackson, MI

4.4 -1.8

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

4.1 -1.7

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

4.7 -1.2

Midland, MI

4.1 -1.2

Monroe, MI

4.6 -2.5

Muskegon, MI

5.4 -2.9

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

4.4 -1.8

Saginaw, MI

5.8 -1.8

Duluth, MN-WI

2.5 -1.2

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

1.3 -1.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.6 -1.7

Rochester, MN

1.3 -1.3

St. Cloud, MN

1.6 -1.9

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

3.8 -2.3

Hattiesburg, MS

3.3 -2.1

Jackson, MS

3.5 -1.9

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

2.8 -1.0

Columbia, MO

2.3 -0.8

Jefferson City, MO

2.3 -0.9

Joplin, MO

2.6 -1.4

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.7 -2.3

St. Joseph, MO-KS

2.4 -1.2

St. Louis, MO-IL

3.2 -1.5

Springfield, MO

2.4 -1.2

Billings, MT

2.3 -0.6

Great Falls, MT

2.5 -0.5

Missoula, MT

2.5 -0.5

Grand Island, NE

2.4 -0.2

Lincoln, NE

1.9 -0.5

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.1 -0.8

Carson City, NV

3.2 -1.8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.2 -3.6

Reno, NV

2.9 -1.7

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

1.7 -1.8

Manchester, NH

1.8 -1.7

Portsmouth, NH-ME

1.8 -1.6

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

4.8 -5.0

Ocean City, NJ

5.2 -3.2

Trenton, NJ

2.8 -2.6

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

4.5 -3.0

Albuquerque, NM

3.7 -2.8

Farmington, NM

4.7 -3.2

Las Cruces, NM

4.4 -2.3

Santa Fe, NM

3.5 -2.9

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

2.7 -1.6

Binghamton, NY

3.2 -1.6

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.4 -2.0

Elmira, NY

3.4 -1.8

Glens Falls, NY

2.9 -1.6

Ithaca, NY

2.4 -1.1

Kingston, NY

2.8 -1.8

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

4.2 -3.3

Rochester, NY

3.1 -1.8

Syracuse, NY

3.2 -1.7

Utica-Rome, NY

3.3 -1.7

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

3.3 -1.4

Asheville, NC

3.0 -1.6

Burlington, NC

3.7 -1.4

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.4 -1.4

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.1 -1.1

Fayetteville, NC

5.2 -2.0

Goldsboro, NC

4.0 -1.3

Greensboro-High Point, NC

4.0 -1.9

Greenville, NC

4.1 -1.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

3.4 -1.7

Jacksonville, NC

4.2 -1.3

New Bern, NC

3.6 -1.4

Raleigh, NC

3.1 -1.3

Rocky Mount, NC

5.9 -1.6

Wilmington, NC

3.3 -1.3

Winston-Salem, NC

3.6 -1.5

Bismarck, ND

1.9 -1.0

Fargo, ND-MN

1.6 -1.0

Grand Forks, ND-MN

1.8 -1.4

Akron, OH

3.3 -1.9

Canton-Massillon, OH

3.3 -1.9

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

3.0 -1.3

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.5 -0.5

Columbus, OH

2.9 -1.7

Dayton, OH

3.2 -2.0

Lima, OH

3.4 -2.6

Mansfield, OH

3.6 -2.0

Springfield, OH

3.3 -2.8

Toledo, OH

3.5 -2.3

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

4.5 -1.6

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

4.1 -2.1

Enid, OK

2.7 -1.0

Lawton, OK

3.4 -1.3

Oklahoma City, OK

2.6 -1.7

Tulsa, OK

3.0 -1.5

Albany, OR

3.5 -2.2

Bend-Redmond, OR

2.9 -2.4

Corvallis, OR

2.4 -1.4

Eugene, OR

3.3 -2.3

Grants Pass, OR

4.2 -2.0

Medford, OR

3.4 -2.2

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.1 -2.2

Salem, OR

3.1 -2.1

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

3.9 -2.8

Altoona, PA

3.8 -2.2

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

3.6 -1.8

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

3.2 -2.2

East Stroudsburg, PA

5.4 -2.5

Erie, PA

4.6 -2.9

Gettysburg, PA

2.8 -1.6

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

3.3 -2.3

Johnstown, PA

4.6 -2.4

Lancaster, PA

3.2 -1.9

Lebanon, PA

3.3 -2.5

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

4.0 -2.5

Pittsburgh, PA

4.0 -2.6

Reading, PA

4.2 -2.7

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

4.9 -3.0

State College, PA

3.0 -1.6

Williamsport, PA

4.4 -2.4

York-Hanover, PA

3.4 -2.3

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

2.9 -3.1

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

2.8 -0.6

Columbia, SC

3.0 -0.3

Florence, SC

3.2 -0.6

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

2.8 -0.5

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

2.7 -0.3

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

3.8 -1.2

Spartanburg, SC

3.1 -0.8

Sumter, SC

3.6 -0.5

Rapid City, SD

2.2 -1.0

Sioux Falls, SD

1.9 -0.8

Chattanooga, TN-GA

3.1 -0.6

Clarksville, TN-KY

3.9 -0.9

Cleveland, TN

3.4 -0.6

Jackson, TN

3.3 -0.9

Johnson City, TN

3.3 -0.5

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.4 -0.8

Knoxville, TN

3.0 -0.4

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

4.4 -1.9

Morristown, TN

3.5 -0.4

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.8 -0.9

Abilene, TX

3.2 -1.2

Amarillo, TX

2.7 -1.0

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.7 -1.4

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

6.5 -3.2

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

6.1 -2.0

College Station-Bryan, TX

2.9 -1.2

Corpus Christi, TX

5.1 -2.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.3 -1.8

El Paso, TX

4.3 -1.9

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.3 -2.1

Killeen-Temple, TX

4.1 -1.5

Laredo, TX

4.3 -2.0

Longview, TX

4.3 -2.0

Lubbock, TX

3.0 -1.4

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

6.9 -2.3

Midland, TX

3.3 -2.4

Odessa, TX

4.8 -3.7

San Angelo, TX

3.2 -1.6

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.5 -1.6

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.3 -1.2

Texarkana, TX-AR

4.1 -1.4

Tyler, TX

3.5 -1.5

Victoria, TX

4.3 -2.1

Waco, TX

3.4 -1.5

Wichita Falls, TX

3.6 -1.5

Logan, UT-ID

1.8 -0.2

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

2.1 -0.5

Provo-Orem, UT

2.0 -0.3

St. George, UT

2.2 -0.6

Salt Lake City, UT

2.2 -0.6

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

1.7 -1.1

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

2.9 -0.6

Charlottesville, VA

2.8 -0.8

Harrisonburg, VA

2.9 -0.7

Lynchburg, VA

3.3 -0.9

Richmond, VA

3.2 -1.2

Roanoke, VA

3.0 -0.9

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.8 -0.8

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

3.4 -1.3

Winchester, VA-WV

2.5 -0.7

Bellingham, WA

4.5 -1.3

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

4.0 -0.9

Kennewick-Richland, WA

4.7 -0.7

Longview, WA

5.2 -0.9

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

5.0 -1.0

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

4.3 -0.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.8 -2.0

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

4.2 -1.0

Walla Walla, WA

3.9 -0.3

Wenatchee, WA

4.3 -1.0

Yakima, WA

5.8 -1.0

Beckley, WV

3.6 -2.2

Charleston, WV

3.5 -2.3

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

3.7 -1.5

Morgantown, WV

3.0 -1.1

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

3.6 -2.1

Wheeling, WV-OH

3.9 -1.9

Appleton, WI

2.3 -1.0

Eau Claire, WI

2.5 -1.0

Fond du Lac, WI

2.4 -1.1

Green Bay, WI

2.6 -1.1

Janesville-Beloit, WI

3.6 -1.4

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

2.2 -0.9

Madison, WI

2.2 -1.0

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.4 -1.5

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.5 -1.1

Racine, WI

3.7 -1.4

Sheboygan, WI

2.4 -1.1

Wausau, WI

2.3 -0.9

Casper, WY

3.8 -2.4

Cheyenne, WY

2.9 -1.4

Aguadilla-Isabela, PR

7.7 -1.9

Arecibo, PR

6.9 -1.6

Guayama, PR

7.2 -1.4

Mayaguez, PR

6.8 -2.0

Ponce, PR

7.9 -1.8

San German, PR

7.6 -2.3

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR

5.0 -2.4

In May, Mankato-North Mankato, Minnesota, and Rochester, Minnesota, had the lowest unemployment rates, 1.3 percent each. Yuma, Arizona, had the highest rate, 14.4 percent. A total of 216 areas had May jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 3.4 percent, 150 areas had rates above it, and 23 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in May occurred in El Centro, California (−5.6 percentage points). Rates fell over the year by at least 4.0 percentage points in an additional 13 areas. No area had an unemployment rate increase greater than 0.3 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 — May 2022." We also have more 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 were lower in May 2022 than a year earlier in 385 of 389 metro areas at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/unemployment-rates-were-lower-in-may-2022-than-a-year-earlier-in-385-of-389-metro-areas.htm (visited August 15, 2022).

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