Thursday, December 05, 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 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



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