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[IWS] BLS: METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- OCTOBER 2013 [5 December 2013]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- OCTOBER 2013 [5 December 2013]
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Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 280 of the 372
metropolitan areas, higher in 79 areas, and unchanged in 13 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-three areas had jobless rates
of at least 10.0 percent, and 57 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two
hundred eighty-eight metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm
payroll employment, 75 had decreases, and 9 had no change. The national
unemployment rate in October was 7.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down
from 7.5 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in October,
31.9 percent and 25.2 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest rate,
1.7 percent. A total of 214 areas had October unemployment rates below the U.S.
figure of 7.0 percent, 144 areas had rates above it, and 14 areas had rates
equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)
El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in
October (-4.3 percentage points). Nine other areas had rate declines of at
least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 95 areas had declines between
1.0 and 1.9 points. Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate
increase (+2.3 percentage points). Thirteen other areas had unemployment rate
increases of 1.0 percentage point or more.
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 October, 9.8 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the
lowest rate among the large areas, 4.1 percent. Thirty-seven of the large areas
had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 10 had increases, and 2 had no
change. The largest rate decline occurred in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,
Calif. (-1.9 percentage points). Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark., had the largest
jobless rate increase over the year (+0.9 percentage point).
Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan
divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers.
In October, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Mass.-N.H., had the highest jobless rate
among the divisions, 10.9 percent. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City,
Calif., had the lowest unemployment rate, 5.1 percent. (See table 2.)
Twenty-four metropolitan divisions had over-the-year jobless rate decreases
in October, while 10 had increases. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach,
Fla., had the largest rate decline from a year earlier (-1.7 percentage points),
followed by Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. (-1.6 points).
Ten other divisions had rate decreases of 1.0 percentage point or more. Boston-
Cambridge-Quincy, Mass., and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.,
had the largest unemployment rate increases over the year (+0.6 percentage point
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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