From August 2016 to August 2017, nonfarm employment rose in 48 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of at least 1 million. Nonfarm employment fell over the year in 3 of these areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina (3.5 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (3.3 percent), and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (3.2 percent each).
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee were the only other large metropolitan areas with 12-month employment increases of 3.0 percent or higher. Among the metropolitan areas with employment increases of 3.0 percent or higher, the change in the number of people employed ranged from 21,100 in Raleigh to 86,400 in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell.