Wednesday, May 01, 2013



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau





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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



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