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Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 348 of the 372 metropolitan

areas, higher in 16 areas, and unchanged in 8 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

reported today. Fifteen areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent and 68 areas

had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in

327 metropolitan areas, decreased in 41 areas, and was unchanged in 4 areas. The national

unemployment rate in July was 6.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.7 percent

a year earlier.


Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in July, 29.2

percent and 24.7 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest unemployment rate,

2.4 percent. A total of 193 areas had July unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of

6.5 percent, 169 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates equal to that of the

nation. (See table 1.)


Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in July (-3.5

percentage points), followed by Longview, Wash. (-3.0 points). Thirty-six other areas had

rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points. Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala., had the

largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.7 percentage points).




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  |                Changes to Current Employment Statistics (CES) Data                 |

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  |Effective with the release of July 2014 data in this news release, the CES survey   |

  |began implementing new sample units into production on a quarterly basis, replacing |

  |the practice of implementing new sample units annually. There was no change to the  |

  |CES survey sample design. More information about the quarterly sample implementation|

  |is available at                                         |




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

Warren-Livonia, Mich., had the highest unemployment rate in July, 9.8 percent. Minneapolis-

St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas, 4.2

percent. Forty-eight of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases,

while one had an increase. The largest unemployment rate declines occurred in Chicago-

Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. (-2.6 percentage points), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.

(-2.2 points). Birmingham-Hoover, Ala., had the only jobless rate increase (+0.8 percentage



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



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