Thursday, February 05, 2015



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School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

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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

percentage points).


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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