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Monday, 25 September 2017

Yuma and El Centro recorded the highest unemployment rates in January

El Centro, California.- In January, 80 metropolitan areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, down from 85 areas a year earlier, while 99 areas had rates below 7.0 percent, up from 81 areas in January 2012. Yuma and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in January 2013, at 26.5 and 25.8 percent, respectively. Seven of the remaining 10 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent were located in California, while the other 3 areas were located in New Jersey.

Midland, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate, 3.4 percent, followed by Bismarck, N.D., and Odessa, Texas, 4.1 percent each. A total of 207 areas had January unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 8.5 percent, 160 areas had rates above it, and 5 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., and Ocala, Fla., had the largest over-the- year unemployment rate decreases in January (-2.3 and -2.0 percentage points, respectively). Fifty-nine other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+2.9 percentage points), followed by Yuma, Ariz. (+2.7 points).

Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., and Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich., had the highest unemployment rates in January,11.5 and 11.3 percent, respectively. Five additional large areas had rates of 10.0 percent or more. Oklahoma City, Okla., had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas, 5.2 percent, followed by Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va., 5.8 percent each. Thirty-five of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, while 12 areas had increases and 2 had no change.

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., had the largest unemployment rate decline from January 2012 (-2.3 percentage points). Pittsburgh, Pa., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase in a large area (+1.0 percentage point).

The largest over-the-year decrease in employment occurred in Shreveport-Bossier City, La. (-3,600), followed by Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-3,100), and Charlottesville, Va. (-2,900). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment was in Decatur, Ill. (-3.7 percent), followed by Pine Bluff, Ark. (-3.3 percent), and Charlottesville, Va. (-3.0 percent).

Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in all 37 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2012. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas was in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+4.5 percent), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+3.7 percent), and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn. (+3.6 percent).

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