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Unemployment rate 1.3 percent in Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, in May 2023

July 10, 2023

In May 2023, there were 215 metropolitan areas that had unemployment rates below the national U.S. rate of 3.4 percent, 153 areas had rates above the national rate, and 21 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.3 percent, in May 2023. The next lowest rate was in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1.4 percent.

Metropolitan area unemployment rates, May 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Area Unemployment rate (percent)

United States

3.4

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

1.3

Manchester, NH

1.4

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

1.5

Portsmouth, NH-ME

1.5

Decatur, AL

1.7

Sioux Falls, SD

1.7

Ames, IA

1.8

Huntsville, AL

1.8

Bismarck, ND

1.9

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

1.9

Fargo, ND-MN

1.9

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

1.9

Auburn-Opelika, AL

2.0

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.0

Grand Island, NE

2.0

Lincoln, NE

2.0

Rapid City, SD

2.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

2.1

California-Lexington Park, MD

2.1

Iowa City, IA

2.1

Logan, UT-ID

2.1

Madison, WI

2.1

Appleton, WI

2.2

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

2.2

Billings, MT

2.2

Dothan, AL

2.2

Fond du Lac, WI

2.2

Grand Forks, ND-MN

2.2

Jonesboro, AR

2.2

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

2.2

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.2

Portland-South Portland, ME

2.2

Tuscaloosa, AL

2.2

Bangor, ME

2.3

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

2.3

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

2.3

Idaho Falls, ID

2.3

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

2.3

Manhattan, KS

2.3

Missoula, MT

2.3

Montgomery, AL

2.3

Sheboygan, WI

2.3

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.3

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

2.4

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

2.4

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

2.4

Eau Claire, WI

2.4

Fort Collins, CO

2.4

Gadsden, AL

2.4

Great Falls, MT

2.4

Green Bay, WI

2.4

Lewiston, ID-WA

2.4

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

2.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.4

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

2.4

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

2.4

Panama City, FL

2.4

Provo-Orem, UT

2.4

Rochester, MN

2.4

Wausau, WI

2.4

Barnstable Town, MA

2.5

Boulder, CO

2.5

Charlottesville, VA

2.5

Columbia, MO

2.5

Corvallis, OR

2.5

Dubuque, IA

2.5

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

2.5

Ithaca, NY

2.5

Jefferson City, MO

2.5

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

2.5

Lawrence, KS

2.5

Leominster-Gardner, MA

2.5

Mobile, AL

2.5

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

2.5

Pittsfield, MA

2.5

Pocatello, ID

2.5

Salt Lake City, UT

2.5

Winchester, VA-WV

2.5

Worcester, MA-CT

2.5

Boise City, ID

2.6

Jackson, MS

2.6

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

2.6

Midland, TX

2.6

Springfield, MA-CT

2.6

Springfield, MO

2.6

St. George, UT

2.6

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

2.6

Urban Honolulu, HI

2.6

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

2.6

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

2.7

Columbia, SC

2.7

Fort Smith, AR-OK

2.7

Gainesville, GA

2.7

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

2.7

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

2.7

Hattiesburg, MS

2.7

Jacksonville, FL

2.7

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.7

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

2.7

Oklahoma City, OK

2.7

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

2.7

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

2.7

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

2.7

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

2.7

Roanoke, VA

2.7

St. Joseph, MO-KS

2.7

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.7

Topeka, KS

2.7

Twin Falls, ID

2.7

Asheville, NC

2.8

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

2.8

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

2.8

Cheyenne, WY

2.8

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

2.8

Enid, OK

2.8

Gainesville, FL

2.8

Gettysburg, PA

2.8

Glens Falls, NY

2.8

Kansas City, MO-KS

2.8

Kingston, NY

2.8

Richmond, VA

2.8

Spartanburg, SC

2.8

St. Cloud, MN

2.8

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

2.9

Casper, WY

2.9

Colorado Springs, CO

2.9

Cumberland, MD-WV

2.9

Florence, SC

2.9

Grand Junction, CO

2.9

Greeley, CO

2.9

Harrisonburg, VA

2.9

Hot Springs, AR

2.9

Lancaster, PA

2.9

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

2.9

Morgantown, WV

2.9

Port St. Lucie, FL

2.9

Rochester, NY

2.9

Santa Fe, NM

2.9

State College, PA

2.9

Tallahassee, FL

2.9

Tulsa, OK

2.9

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

2.9

Walla Walla, WA

2.9

Binghamton, NY

3.0

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

3.0

Cedar Rapids, IA

3.0

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

3.0

Coeur d'Alene, ID

3.0

Columbus, IN

3.0

Columbus, OH

3.0

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

3.0

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

3.0

Joplin, MO

3.0

Knoxville, TN

3.0

Lebanon, PA

3.0

New Bedford, MA

3.0

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

3.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

3.0

Punta Gorda, FL

3.0

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

3.0

St. Louis, MO-IL (1)

3.0

Syracuse, NY

3.0

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

3.0

Wichita, KS

3.0

Albuquerque, NM

3.1

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

3.1

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

3.1

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

3.1

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

3.1

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

3.1

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

3.1

Napa, CA

3.1

Raleigh, NC

3.1

Savannah, GA

3.1

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

3.1

Utica-Rome, NY

3.1

Wilmington, NC

3.1

York-Hanover, PA

3.1

Amarillo, TX

3.2

Bellingham, WA

3.2

Bend-Redmond, OR

3.2

Brunswick, GA

3.2

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.2

Chattanooga, TN-GA

3.2

College Station-Bryan, TX

3.2

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.2

Janesville-Beloit, WI

3.2

Lexington-Fayette, KY

3.2

Lynchburg, VA

3.2

Racine, WI

3.2

Salem, OR

3.2

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

3.2

Wenatchee, WA

3.2

Altoona, PA

3.3

Anchorage, AK

3.3

Athens-Clarke County, GA

3.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

3.3

Danbury, CT

3.3

Fairbanks, AK

3.3

Fort Wayne, IN

3.3

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

3.3

Jackson, TN

3.3

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

3.3

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

3.3

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

3.3

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

3.3

Ocala, FL

3.3

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

3.3

Salisbury, MD-DE

3.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.3

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

3.3

Santa Rosa, CA

3.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

3.3

Springfield, OH

3.3

Trenton, NJ

3.3

Akron, OH

3.4

Baton Rouge, LA

3.4

Beckley, WV

3.4

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

3.4

Charleston, WV

3.4

Dayton, OH

3.4

Elmira, NY

3.4

Eugene, OR

3.4

Evansville, IN-KY

3.4

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.4

Johnson City, TN

3.4

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

3.4

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

3.4

Lubbock, TX

3.4

Morristown, TN

3.4

Odessa, TX

3.4

Pine Bluff, AR

3.4

Prescott, AZ

3.4

Warner Robins, GA

3.4

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

3.4

Winston-Salem, NC

3.4

Abilene, TX

3.5

Alexandria, LA

3.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.5

Bloomington, IL

3.5

Burlington, NC

3.5

Canton-Massillon, OH

3.5

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

3.5

Cleveland, TN

3.5

Lawton, OK

3.5

New Bern, NC

3.5

New Haven, CT

3.5

Rome, GA

3.5

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

3.5

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

3.5

Sumter, SC

3.5

Williamsport, PA

3.5

Albany, OR

3.6

Ann Arbor, MI

3.6

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

3.6

Hinesville, GA

3.6

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

3.6

Kennewick-Richland, WA

3.6

Lake Charles, LA

3.6

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

3.6

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

3.6

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

3.6

Pittsburgh, PA

3.6

San Angelo, TX

3.6

Tucson, AZ

3.6

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

3.7

Bloomington, IN

3.7

Bowling Green, KY

3.7

Champaign-Urbana, IL

3.7

Duluth, MN-WI

3.7

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

3.7

Erie, PA

3.7

Flagstaff, AZ

3.7

Goldsboro, NC

3.7

Lafayette, LA

3.7

Lima, OH

3.7

Medford, OR

3.7

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

3.7

Reading, PA

3.7

The Villages, FL

3.7

Waco, TX

3.7

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

3.8

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

3.8

Columbus, GA-AL

3.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.8

Dalton, GA

3.8

Farmington, NM

3.8

Greensboro-High Point, NC

3.8

Longview, WA

3.8

Mansfield, OH

3.8

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.8

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.8

Springfield, IL

3.8

Texarkana, TX-AR

3.8

Toledo, OH

3.8

Tyler, TX

3.8

Valdosta, GA

3.8

Wheeling, WV-OH

3.8

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

3.9

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.9

Homosassa Springs, FL

3.9

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

3.9

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

3.9

Pueblo, CO

3.9

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

3.9

Sherman-Denison, TX

3.9

Wichita Falls, TX

3.9

Albany, GA

4.0

Carbondale-Marion, IL

4.0

Clarksville, TN-KY

4.0

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

4.0

Greenville, NC

4.0

Jacksonville, NC

4.0

Macon-Bibb County, GA

4.0

Midland, MI

4.0

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

4.0

Owensboro, KY

4.0

Sebring, FL

4.0

Terre Haute, IN

4.0

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

4.0

Johnstown, PA

4.1

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

4.1

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

4.1

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

4.1

Monroe, LA

4.1

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

4.1

Reno, NV

4.1

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

4.1

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

4.1

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

4.1

Grants Pass, OR

4.2

Jackson, MI

4.2

Las Cruces, NM

4.2

Muncie, IN

4.2

Victoria, TX

4.2

Yakima, WA

4.2

Laredo, TX

4.3

Longview, TX

4.3

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

4.3

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

4.3

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

4.3

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

4.3

Carson City, NV

4.4

Dover, DE

4.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.4

Peoria, IL

4.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.4

Corpus Christi, TX

4.5

El Paso, TX

4.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

4.5

Battle Creek, MI

4.6

East Stroudsburg, PA

4.6

Hammond, LA

4.6

Killeen-Temple, TX

4.6

Fayetteville, NC

4.7

Muskegon, MI

4.7

Waterbury, CT

4.7

Monroe, MI

4.8

Redding, CA

4.8

Rocky Mount, NC

4.8

Chico, CA

4.9

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

5.0

Bay City, MI

5.0

Kankakee, IL

5.0

Flint, MI

5.1

Danville, IL

5.2

Saginaw, MI

5.3

Decatur, IL

5.4

Kokomo, IN

5.4

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

5.4

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

5.6

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

5.7

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

5.7

Rockford, IL

5.9

Stockton-Lodi, CA

5.9

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

6.2

Ocean City, NJ

6.2

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

6.3

Salinas, CA

6.3

Modesto, CA

6.4

Yuba City, CA

7.2

Madera, CA

7.3

Fresno, CA

7.5

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

8.0

Bakersfield, CA

8.6

Merced, CA

9.3

Visalia-Porterville, CA

10.0

Yuma, AZ

12.3

El Centro, CA

16.0

Note: Data are preliminary.

Dover-Durham and Portsmouth, both in New Hampshire-Maine, each had unemployment rates of 1.5 percent. Unemployment rates in Decatur, Alabama, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were both 1.7 percent. Unemployment rates were below 2.0 percent in 5 more areas: Ames, Iowa; Huntsville, Alabama; Bismarck, North Dakota; Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Alabama; and Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota.

El Centro, California, had the highest rate, 16.0 percent. Unemployment rates were also above 7.0 percent in Yuba City, Madera, Fresno, Hanford-Corcoran, Bakersfield, Merced, and Visalia-Porterville, all in California, and Yuma, Arizona.

Among metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of at least 1 million, Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama, had the lowest jobless rate, 2.0 percent. The next lowest rates among these large metropolitan areas were in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, 2.1 percent, and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland, 2.2 percent. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, had the highest jobless rate, 5.6 percent.

Unemployment rates were 3.5 percent in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin; 4.1 percent in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania; and 4.5 percent in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, in May 2023.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are preliminary and not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — May 2023." Also see charts related to metropolitan area employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 1.3 percent in Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, in May 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/unemployment-rate-1-3-percent-in-burlington-south-burlington-vermont-in-may-2023.htm (visited February 20, 2024).

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