Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 336 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 45 areas, and unchanged in 7 areas, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Twenty-six areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and two areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the
year in 342 metropolitan areas, decreased in 39 areas, and was unchanged in 7 areas. The national unemployment rate in June was 4.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from
5.1 percent a year earlier.
Metropolitan Area Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
In June, Fort Collins, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, closely followed by Boulder, Colo.; Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.; Fargo, N.D.-Minn.; and Idaho Falls,
Idaho, 2.3 percent each. El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rates, 20.8 percent and 20.5 percent, respectively. A total of 192 areas had June jobless
rates below the U.S. rate of 4.5 percent, 185 areas had rates above it, and 11 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)
El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June (-3.2 percentage points). An additional 106 areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage
point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Toledo, Ohio (+1.5 percentage points).
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.5 percent.
Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas, 6.4 percent. Forty-three large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases and eight had
increases. The largest rate decrease occurred in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. (-2.0 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio
(+0.7 percentage point).
Metropolitan Division Unemployment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 38 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In June, Nashua, N.H.-
Mass., had the lowest unemployment rate among the divisions, 3.0 percent, followed by San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, Calif., and San Rafael, Calif., 3.1
percent each. Philadelphia, Pa., had the highest division rate, 5.9 percent.