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[IWS] BLS: METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2013 [1 May 2013]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- MARCH 2013 [1 May 2013]
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Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 306 of
the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 44 areas, and unchanged in 22
areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Seven areas
had jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, and 33 areas had rates of
less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred eighty-seven metropolitan areas had
over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 80 had decreases,
and 5 had no change. The national unemployment rate in March was 7.6
percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.4 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In March, 44 metropolitan areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0
percent, down from 63 areas a year earlier, while 157 areas had rates
below 7.0 percent, up from 113 areas in March 2012. Yuma, Ariz., and
El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in March 2013,
at 26.0 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. Midland, Texas, had the
lowest unemployment rate, 3.1 percent. A total of 202 areas had March
unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 7.6 percent, 166 areas had
rates above it, and 4 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
(See table 1.)
Yuba City, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate
decrease in March (-2.9 percentage points). Twenty-six other areas had
rate declines of at least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 70
areas had declines of at least 1.0 point. Yuma, Ariz., had the largest
over-the-year jobless rate increase (+3.3 percentage points). The next
largest increase was in Decatur, Ill. (+1.4 percentage points).
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1
million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the
highest unemployment rate in March, 10.5 percent. Oklahoma City, Okla.,
had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas, 4.6 percent.
Forty-five of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate
decreases, while three areas had increases and one had no change.
The largest unemployment rate declines occurred in three Florida
areas: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (-2.2 percentage points),
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (-2.1 points), and Jacksonville (-2.0
points). Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis., had the largest
over-the-year jobless rate increase in a large area (+0.5 percentage
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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