Economic News Release

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, June 3, 2015                 USDL-15-1055

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        METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- APRIL 2015


Unemployment rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 344 of the 387 
metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas, and unchanged in 7 areas, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eleven areas had jobless rates of 
less than 3.0 percent and 11 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. 
Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 330 metropolitan areas, 
decreased in 46 areas, and was unchanged in 11 areas. The national 
unemployment rate in April was 5.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down 
from 5.9 percent a year earlier.

Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Lincoln, Neb., had the lowest unemployment rate in April, 2.1 percent. Yuma, 
Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates, 22.2 percent 
and 21.2 percent, respectively. A total of 201 areas had April unemployment 
rates below the U.S. figure of 5.1 percent, 173 areas had rates above it, and 
13 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich., had the largest over-the-year unemployment 
rate decrease in April (-2.7 percentage points). Fourteen other areas had rate
decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points. Lafayette, La., had the largest 
over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.9 percentage points).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or 
more, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, had the lowest 
unemployment rates in April, 3.0 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Las 
Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev., had the highest jobless rate among the 
large areas, 7.1 percent. Forty-nine of the large areas had over-the-year 
unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in Detroit-Warren-
Dearborn, Mich. (-2.7 percentage points). New Orleans-Metairie, La., had 
the largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase (+1.0 percentage point). 
The only other unemployment rate increase among the large areas occurred in 
Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. (+0.1 percentage point).

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 April, Framingham, Mass.; San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, 
Calif.; and San Rafael, Calif., had the lowest unemployment rates among the 
divisions, 3.3 percent each. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif., had 
the highest division rate, 7.1 percent. (See table 2.)

All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases 
in April. The largest of the declines occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, 
Mich. (-3.3 percentage points), and Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. (-2.4 
points).

Metropolitan Area Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In April, 330 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm 
payroll employment, 46 had decreases, and 11 had no change. The largest 
over-the-year employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Anaheim, Calif. (+160,100), New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. 
(+135,900), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+125,800). The largest 
over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Lake Charles, La. 
(+7.8 percent), followed by Odessa, Texas, and Provo-Orem, Utah (+6.4 
percent each). (See table 3.)

The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Peoria, Ill. 
(-3,100), Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-2,300), and Gulfport-Biloxi-
Pascagoula, Miss. (-2,100). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases 
in employment occurred in Great Falls, Mont. (-2.8 percent), Pine Bluff, 
Ark. (-2.7 percent), and El Centro, Calif., and Monroe, La. (-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 and was unchanged in New 
Orleans-Metairie, La. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in 
employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-
Santa Clara, Calif. (+6.0 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, 
Fla. (+4.3 percent), and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (+4.1 
percent). 

Metropolitan Division Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

In April 2015, 36 of the 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year gains 
in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest over-the-year increase in 
employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in New York-Jersey
City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (+116,300), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Glendale, Calif. (+109,600), and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+93,600). The 
over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Dutchess County-Putnam 
County, N.Y. (-600), and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Mass. (-100). (See 
table 4.)

The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the 
metropolitan divisions occurred in San Francisco-Redwood City-South San 
Francisco, Calif. (+4.9 percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas 
(+4.1 percent), and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Mass., and Seattle-Bellevue-
Everett, Wash. (+3.9 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases in
employment occurred in Dutchess County-Putnam County, N.Y. (-0.4 percent),
and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Mass. (-0.2 percent).


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The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment news release for May is 
scheduled to be released on Friday, June 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The 
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for May is 
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).



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  |         Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data Corrections          |
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  | This news release contains corrections to previously released employ- |
  | ment data in table 3. A complete list of corrections in this news     |
  | release and in the CES (State and Area) database can be found at      |
  | www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm.                                |
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