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February 7, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Metropolitan area employment and unemployment, December 2011

Metropolitan area nonfarm employment compared to prior year, December 2011, not seasonally adjusted
Comparison Number of areas (p)

Increase

239

Decrease

127

Unchanged

6

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary

These data are featured in the TED article, Metropolitan area employment and unemployment, December 2011.

 

Metropolitan area unemployment rate comparisons, versus prior year and U.S. unemployment rate, December 2011, not seasonally adjusted
Comparison Number of areas (p)

Metropolitan area unemployment rates compared to U.S. unemployment rate of 8.3 percent (December 2011)

 

Below

225

Above

143

Equal

4

Metropolitan area unemployment rates compared to prior year unemployment rate (December 2010)

 

Higher

36

Lower

329

Unchanged

7

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary

These data are featured in the TED article, Metropolitan area employment and unemployment, December 2011.