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[IWS] BLS: METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2014 [4 February 2015]
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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2014 [4 February 2015]
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Unemployment rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 341 of the
372 metropolitan areas, higher in 25 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Fourteen areas had jobless rates of
at least 10.0 percent and 158 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm
payroll employment increased over the year in 312 metropolitan areas, decreased
in 49 areas, and was unchanged in 11 areas. The national unemployment rate in
December was 5.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 6.5 percent a year
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in
December, 22.1 percent and 21.0 percent, respectively. Midland, Texas, had the
lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent. A total of 208 areas had December
unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.4 percent, 155 areas had rates
above it, and 9 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)
Decatur, Ill., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in
December (-4.9 percentage points), followed by Danville, Ill. (-4.8 points).
Fifty-one other areas had rate decreases of at least 2.0 percentage points.
Alexandria, La., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase (+1.9
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more,
Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark., had the highest unemployment rate in December, 7.6
percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., had the lowest jobless
rate among the large areas, 3.3 percent. Forty-eight of the large areas had
over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, R.I.-Mass. (-2.9 percentage points), and Chicago-
Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. (-2.7 points). The only rate increase occurred
in New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. (+1.5 percentage points).
AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....
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