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[IWS] BLS: METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2014 [30 December 2014]
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- NOVEMBER 2014 [30 December 2014]
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Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 341 of the 372
metropolitan areas, higher in 27 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Twelve areas had jobless rates of at least
10.0 percent and 147 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll
employment increased over the year in 313 metropolitan areas, decreased in 55
areas, and was unchanged in 4 areas. The national unemployment rate in November
was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in
November, 23.1 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively. Lincoln, Neb., had the
lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, followed by Fargo, N.D.-Minn., and
Mankato-North Mankato, Minn., 2.2 percent each. A total of 200 areas had
November unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.5 percent, 158 areas
had rates above it, and 14 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See
Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November
(-4.3 percentage points), followed by Yuma, Ariz. (-4.2 points), and Danville, Ill.
(-4.1 points). Forty-four other areas had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage
points. Alexandria, La., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.6
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
November, 8.0 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest
jobless rate among the large areas, 3.0 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 (+1.4 percentage points). The largest rate decline
occurred in Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. (-2.4 percentage points),
followed by Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; and Providence-
Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-2.2 points each).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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