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[IWS] BLS: METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- OCTOBER 2014 [9 December 2014]
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- OCTOBER 2014 [9 December 2014]
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Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372
metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eight areas had jobless rates of at
least 10.0 percent and 144 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm
payroll employment increased over the year in 318 metropolitan areas, decreased
in 46 areas, and was unchanged in 8 areas. The national unemployment rate in
October was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.0 percent a year
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in
October, 24.7 percent and 23.7 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., had the
lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., 2.2
percent. A total of 194 areas had October unemployment rates below the U.S.
figure of 5.5 percent, 168 areas had rates above it, and 10 areas had rates
equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)
Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in October
(-5.5 percentage points), followed by Decatur, Ill. (-4.2 points). Eighty other
areas had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points. Alexandria, La., had
the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+0.5 percentage point).
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more,
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich., and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.,
had the highest unemployment rates in October, 8.1 percent each. Minneapolis-St.
Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest jobless rate among the large areas,
3.2 percent. Forty-eight of the large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate
decreases, while New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La., had the only rate increase
(+0.2 percentage point). The largest rate declines occurred in Las Vegas-Paradise,
Nev. (-2.8 percentage points); Providence-Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-2.7
points); and Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. (-2.6 points).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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