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38 large metro areas had over-the-year decreases in unemployment rates in November 2022

January 04, 2023

Thirty-eight of 51 large metropolitan areas had decreases in unemployment rates over the year ended November 2022, while 9 of these areas had increases and 4 had no change. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, and New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana, experienced the largest decreases, 1.6 percentage points each. They were followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, where the unemployment rate decreased by 1.5 percentage points. The largest jobless rate increase was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (0.6 percentage point).

Change in unemployment rates in metropolitan areas with 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, November 2021 to November 2022
Metropolitan area Change November 2021 unemployment rate November 2022 unemployment rate

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

-1.6 percentage points 5.7% 4.1%

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-1.6 4.7 3.1

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

-1.5 5.2 3.7

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

-1.3 4.2 2.9

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

-1.3 4.7 3.4

Pittsburgh, PA

-1.3 4.8 3.5

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

-1.2 4.7 3.5

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

-1.2 3.9 2.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

-1.2 3.3 2.1

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

-1.2 5.4 4.2

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

-1.2 4.5 3.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

-1.1 5.1 4.0

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

-1.0 4.7 3.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

-1.0 3.8 2.8

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

-0.9 4.3 3.4

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

-0.9 3.6 2.7

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

-0.8 3.9 3.1

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

-0.8 3.2 2.4

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

-0.8 3.9 3.1

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

-0.7 4.0 3.3

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

-0.7 3.7 3.0

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

-0.7 4.1 3.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

-0.7 4.1 3.4

St. Louis, MO-IL

-0.7 3.4 2.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

-0.6 3.9 3.3

Rochester, NY

-0.6 3.4 2.8

Columbus, OH

-0.5 3.2 2.7

Kansas City, MO-KS

-0.5 3.0 2.5

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

-0.5 3.1 2.6

Austin-Round Rock, TX

-0.4 3.2 2.8

Jacksonville, FL

-0.4 2.9 2.5

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

-0.3 3.3 3.0

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.3 2.2 1.9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

-0.2 2.9 2.7

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

-0.2 2.4 2.2

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

-0.2 4.4 4.2

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

-0.2 4.3 4.1

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

-0.1 3.6 3.5

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

0.0 2.6 2.6

Salt Lake City, UT

0.0 2.0 2.0

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

0.0 3.4 3.4

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

0.0 3.4 3.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

0.1 4.3 4.4

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

0.1 2.9 3.0

Raleigh, NC

0.1 3.1 3.2

Richmond, VA

0.1 3.1 3.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

0.2 2.8 3.0

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

0.3 5.3 5.6

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

0.4 3.6 4.0

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

0.5 2.1 2.6

Oklahoma City, OK

0.6 2.2 2.8

The national unemployment rate, 3.4 percent in November 2022 (not seasonally adjusted), was 0.5 percentage point lower than in November 2021.

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 — November 2022." We also have more charts on metropolitan area employment and unemployment. Large metropolitan areas are those with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 38 large metro areas had over-the-year decreases in unemployment rates in November 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/38-large-metro-areas-had-over-the-year-decreases-in-unemployment-rates-in-november-2022.htm (visited January 30, 2023).

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