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Midland, Texas has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment

July 31, 2013

From June 2012 to June 2013, the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+6.4 percent), followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California (+6.3 percent), and Winchester, Virginia-West Virginia (+5.6 percent).

Over-the-year percent change in nonfarm employment, selected metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, June 2012–June 2013
Metropolitan areaPercent change

Midland, TX


Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA


Winchester, VA-WV


Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ


Ocean City, NJ


Decatur, IL


The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Decatur, Illinois (-4.3 percent), Ocean City, New Jersey (-3.9 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (-3.5 percent).

In June, 282 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 79 had decreases, and 11 had no change.

Metropolitan area nonfarm employment change, June 2012-June 2013
Metropolitan area nonfarm employment change, June 2012–June 2013



No change




These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑1525.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Midland, Texas has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment on the Internet at (visited August 20, 2014).


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