For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, September 1, 2015 USDL-15-1694 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 -- JULY 2015 Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 359 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 20 areas, and unchanged in 8 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Six areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and five areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 322 metropolitan areas, decreased in 54 areas, and was unchanged in 11 areas. The national unemployment rate in July was 5.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.5 percent a year earlier. Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest unemployment rate in July, 2.3 percent. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates, 26.6 percent and 24.2 percent, respectively. A total of 187 areas had July unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.6 percent, 185 areas had rates above it, and 15 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 July (-3.9 percentage points). Seventeen other areas had rate declines of at least 2.0 percentage points. Morgantown, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.2 percentage points). Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in July, 3.5 percent. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 7.1 percent. All 51 large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-2.9 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 July, San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael, Calif., had the lowest unemployment rates among the divisions, 3.7 percent each. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich., had the highest division unemployment rate, 8.2 percent. (See table 2.) All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in July. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (-3.5 percentage points). Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In July, 322 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 54 had decreases, and 11 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+164,400), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. (+157,500), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+121,700). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (+7.2 percent), followed by San Jose- Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+6.2 percent), and Lake Charles, La. (+5.8 percent). (See table 3.) The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, La. (-3,800), Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. (-3,600), and Barnstable Town, Mass. (-3,000). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Ark. (-5.8 percent), Barnstable Town, Mass. (-2.6 percent), and Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Lawton, Okla. (-2.0 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 50 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. (+6.2 percent), followed by Salt Lake City, Utah (+4.4 percent), and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (+4.1 percent). The only large metropolitan area that had an over-the-year percentage decrease was New Orleans- Metairie, La. (-0.7 percent). Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In July, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 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. (+135,400), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+107,900), and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+94,300). The only over-the-year decrease occurred in Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-1,400). (See table 4.) The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Tacoma-Lakewood, Wash. (+5.0 percent), followed by San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif. (+4.4 percent), and Dallas- Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.1 percent). The only over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Nashua, N.H.-Mass. (-1.1 percent). _____________ The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for August is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).