Effective with the release of metropolitan area data for May 2011, the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program began to publish smoothed seasonally adjusted civilian labor force and unemployment estimates for all metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions. These data are updated via the downloadable files below on the day of each Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release. (See www.bls.gov/lau/lausched.htm for a schedule of upcoming release dates.) The files contain estimates from January 2000 forward. See the Questions and Answers document for more information.
On April 19, 2013, data for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico from January 2008 through February 2013 were updated based on revised historical not seasonally adjusted estimates and re-fitting of seasonal adjustment models. In addition, data for metropolitan areas in Puerto Rico were updated from January 2000 through December 2007 to reflect historical revisions to the underlying not seasonally adjusted estimates resulting from the implementation of new statewide population controls on March 1.
Last Modified Date: April 19, 2013