Thursday, October 02, 2014



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Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 322 of the 372

metropolitan areas, higher in 44 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas, the U.S. Bureau

of Labor Statistics reported today. Eleven areas had jobless rates of at least

10.0 percent and 84 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll

employment increased over the year in 306 metropolitan areas, decreased in 57 areas,

and was unchanged in 9 areas. The national unemployment rate in August was 6.3

percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.3 percent a year earlier.


Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


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

28.0 percent and 25.1 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest

unemployment rate, 2.2 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., 2.4 percent. A

total of 202 areas had August unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 6.3

percent, 155 areas had rates above it, and 15 areas had rates equal to that of

the nation. (See table 1.)


Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in August

(-3.1 percentage points). The next largest declines were in Flint, Mich., and

Muskegon-Norton Shores, Mich. (-2.9 percentage points each). Forty other areas

had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa,

had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+0.9 percentage point).


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

August, 8.7 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest

jobless rate among the large areas, 3.8 percent. Forty-three of the large areas

had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, while five had increases and one

had no change. The largest unemployment rate declines occurred in Chicago-Joliet-

Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. (-2.7 percentage points), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.

(-2.3 points). No large area had a rate increase of more than 0.2 percentage point.


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


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