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Employment increased in 49 of 51 large metro areas for the year ending August 2015

October 02, 2015

From August 2014 to August 2015, employment increased in 49 of the 51 large U.S. metropolitan areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (5.5 percent), followed by Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina-South Carolina, and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon-Washington. (4.0 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (–0.4 percent), and in Richmond, Virginia (–0.2 percent).

Percent change in nonfarm employment for large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, August 2014–August 2015



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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Percent change in nonfarm employment for large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, August 2014–August 2015
Metropolitan area Aug 2014 Aug 2015(p) Net change Percent change

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

1,007,300 1,062,800 55,500 5.5%

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

1,065,200 1,107,700 42,500 4.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

1,075,400 1,118,300 42,900 4.0

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

1,114,600 1,156,700 42,100 3.8

Salt Lake City, UT

654,000 677,900 23,900 3.7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

1,854,200 1,922,000 67,800 3.7

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

1,280,000 1,324,500 44,500 3.5

Austin-Round Rock, TX

915,500 946,600 31,100 3.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2,194,700 2,265,300 70,600 3.2

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1,349,000 1,391,400 42,400 3.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3,289,000 3,392,500 103,500 3.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

951,500 980,900 29,400 3.1

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

882,000 907,900 25,900 2.9

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

891,100 915,800 24,700 2.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2,414,600 2,483,300 68,700 2.8

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

1,002,000 1,030,100 28,100 2.8

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1,344,500 1,382,000 37,500 2.8

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1,211,300 1,244,200 32,900 2.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

2,577,300 2,647,600 70,300 2.7

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2,525,800 2,592,200 66,400 2.6

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1,051,000 1,078,800 27,800 2.6

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

886,400 908,400 22,000 2.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

1,841,600 1,886,500 44,900 2.4

Jacksonville, FL

625,100 640,100 15,000 2.4

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

1,899,900 1,945,100 45,200 2.4

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

566,800 580,500 13,700 2.4

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

1,361,300 1,392,700 31,400 2.3

Columbus, OH

1,016,000 1,039,700 23,700 2.3

Pittsburgh, PA

1,157,700 1,184,300 26,600 2.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

5,705,400 5,830,200 124,800 2.2

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

632,900 646,400 13,500 2.1

Raleigh, NC

564,700 576,500 11,800 2.1

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

3,103,200 3,163,800 60,600 2.0

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1,911,700 1,947,700 36,000 1.9

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

551,800 562,100 10,300 1.9

Rochester, NY

518,600 528,200 9,600 1.9

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

9,129,600 9,291,400 161,800 1.8

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

511,400 520,300 8,900 1.7

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

557,000 566,600 9,600 1.7

Oklahoma City, OK

617,000 626,600 9,600 1.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2,932,000 2,970,400 38,400 1.3

Kansas City, MO-KS

1,021,200 1,033,700 12,500 1.2

St. Louis, MO-IL

1,315,100 1,331,300 16,200 1.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

851,100 860,900 9,800 1.2

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1,047,700 1,059,100 11,400 1.1

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

2,761,400 2,791,800 30,400 1.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

4,539,200 4,583,600 44,400 1.0

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

761,400 766,400 5,000 0.7

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

616,200 619,000 2,800 0.5

Richmond, VA

632,300 631,200 -1,100 -0.2

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

565,200 563,000 -2,200 -0.4
Footnotes:

Note: Large metropolitan areas had a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census.

(p) Preliminary.

Among all metropolitan areas, 303 had increases in employment for the year ending August 2015, 71 had decreases, and 13 had no change. The largest employment gains occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (161,800); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (124,800); and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (103,500).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and may be revised. Large metropolitan areas had a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — August 2015” (HTML) (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment increased in 49 of 51 large metro areas for the year ending August 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-increased-in-49-of-51-large-metro-areas-for-the-year-ending-august-2015.htm (visited October 27, 2021).