For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, September 30, 2015 USDL-15-1895 Technical information: Employment: (202) 691-6559 email@example.com www.bls.gov/sae Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bls.gov/lau Media contact: (202) 691-5902 PressOffice@bls.gov METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- AUGUST 2015 Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 365 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 16 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eleven areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and three areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 303 metropolitan areas, decreased in 71 areas, and was unchanged in 13 areas. The national unemployment rate in August was 5.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.3 percent a year earlier. Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Fargo, N.D.-Minn., had the lowest unemployment rate in August, 2.2 percent. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates, 26.9 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. A total of 189 areas had August unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.2 percent, 184 areas had rates above it, and 14 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.) El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in August (-4.7 percentage points). Nine other areas had rate declines of at least 2.0 percentage points. Grand Island, Neb., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.5 percentage points). Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest unemployment rates in August, 3.2 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 7.0 percent, followed by Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., 6.8 percent. Fifty large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and one had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Detroit- Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-2.7 percentage points). Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 38 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In August, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael, Calif., had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 3.5 percent each. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division unemployment rate, 7.5 percent. (See table 2.) All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in August. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (-3.2 percentage points). Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In August, 303 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 71 had decreases, and 13 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+161,800), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+124,800), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+103,500). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (+6.2 percent), followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+5.5 percent), and Columbus, Ind., Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., and Greeley, Colo. (+4.5 percent each). (See table 3.) The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Davenport-Moline- Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. (-4,200), Lafayette, La. (-3,000), and Peoria, Ill. (-2,600). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Ark. (-7.2 percent), Lawton, Okla. (-3.7 percent), and Davenport- Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill., and Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. (-2.3 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 49 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+5.5 percent), followed by Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C., and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash. (+4.0 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-0.4 percent), and Richmond, Va. (-0.2 percent). Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In August, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 of the 38 metropolitan divisions over the year. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+127,000), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+84,900), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+76,300). The over-the-year decreases occurred in Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-1,100), and Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-200). (See table 4.) The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, Mass.-N.H. (+5.0 percent), followed by San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif. (+4.6 percent), and Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+4.1 percent). The over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-0.9 percent), and Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-0.1 percent). _____________ The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for September is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for September is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).