For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, December 9, 2014 USDL-14-2207 Technical information: Employment: (202) 691-6559 * firstname.lastname@example.org * www.bls.gov/sae Unemployment: (202) 691-6392 * email@example.com * www.bls.gov/lau Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- OCTOBER 2014 Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eight areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent and 144 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 318 metropolitan areas, decreased in 46 areas, and was unchanged in 8 areas. The national unemployment rate in October was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.0 percent a year earlier. Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in October, 24.7 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., 2.2 percent. A total of 194 areas had October unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 168 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.) Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in October (-5.5 percentage points), followed by Decatur, Ill. (-4.2 points). Eighty other areas had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points. Alexandria, La., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+0.5 percentage point). Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich., and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in October, 8.1 percent each. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas, 3.2 percent. Forty-eight of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, while New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La., had the only rate increase (+0.2 percentage point). The largest rate declines occurred in Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. (-2.8 percentage points); Providence-Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-2.7 points); and Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. (-2.6 points). Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In October, Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich., had the highest unemployment rate among the divisions, 9.3 percent. Nashua, N.H.-Mass., had the lowest division rate, 3.8 percent. (See table 2.) All 34 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in October. The largest of the declines occurred in Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Mass.-N.H. (-3.0 percentage points). Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) In October, 318 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 46 had decreases, and 8 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.- N.J.-Pa. (+123,900), Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+120,600), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+111,900). The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+7.2 percent), followed by Elkhart-Goshen, Ind. (+4.9 percent), and Greeley, Colo. (+4.8 percent). (See table 3.) The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-9,900), followed by Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. (-2,200), and Syracuse, N.Y. (-1,800). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-7.3 percent), Ocean City, N.J. (-3.4 percent), and Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-W.Va. (-1.8 percent). Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in all of the 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2013. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+4.3 percent), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+3.6 percent each). Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Nonfarm payroll employment data were available in October 2014 for 32 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers within a metropolitan area. Thirty of the 32 metropolitan divisions had over- the-year employment gains and 2 had losses. The largest over-the-year increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J. (+93,400), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+88,200), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (+56,900). The over-the- year decreases in employment occurred in Philadelphia, Pa. (-5,500), and Detroit- Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. (-3,700). (See table 4.) The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+4.0 percent), followed by Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla., and San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. (+3.5 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. (-0.5 percent), and Philadelphia, Pa. (-0.3 percent). _____________ The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for November is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for November is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).