Tuesday, April 29, 2014



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 333 of the 372

metropolitan areas, higher in 30 areas, and unchanged in 9 areas, the U.S.

Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-five areas had jobless rates

of at least 10.0 percent and 59 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two

hundred ninety-nine metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm

payroll employment, 59 areas had decreases, and 14 areas had no change. The

national unemployment rate in March was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted,

down from 7.6 percent a year earlier.


Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in March,

22.5 percent and 21.4 percent, respectively. Midland, Texas, had the lowest

unemployment rate, 2.7 percent. A total of 213 areas had March unemployment

rates below the U.S. figure of 6.8 percent, 153 areas had rates above it, and

6 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)


Rocky Mount, N.C., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in

March (-2.8 percentage points). Twenty-one other areas had rate declines of at

least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 139 areas had declines of at least

1.0 point. Anniston-Oxford, Ala., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate

increase (+1.0 percentage point). The next largest increase was in Cape Girardeau-

Jackson, Mo.-Ill. (+0.9 percentage point).


Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more,

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass., and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,

Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in March, 9.4 percent each. Austin-

Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas, had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas,

4.4 percent. Forty-five of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate

decreases, while two had increases and two had no change. The largest unemployment

rate declines occurred in Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C., and Indianapolis-

Carmel, Ind. (-1.9 percentage points each). The two over-the-year rate increases

occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Ala. (+0.5 percentage point), and St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

(+0.2 point).


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....




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