In July 2015, total of 187 metro areas had unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.6 percent. 185 areas had rates above it, and 15 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
Bismarck, North Dakota, had the lowest unemployment rate in July, 2.3 percent. Yuma, Arizona (26.6 percent), and El Centro, California (24.2 percent), had the highest unemployment rates.
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in July (3.5 percent). Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, had the highest jobless rate among the large areas (7.1 percent).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and may be revised. The data are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — July 2015” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Comparing metro area unemployment rates to the national rate of 5.6% in July 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/comparing-metro-area-unemployment-rates-to-the-national-rate-in-july-2015.htm (visited September 28, 2023).