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Employment up 5.7 percent over the year in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

July 08, 2015

Over the 12 months ending in May 2015, the largest percentage increase in nonfarm payroll employment among large metropolitan areas occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (where employment increased by 57,100 or 5.7 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (44,000 or 4.0 percent), and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (51,800, also 4.0 percent).

 

Over-the-year change in total nonfarm employment, large metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted, May 2015
Metropolitan area 12-month percentage change in employment 12-month employment change Employment, May 2015

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.7 57,100 1,057,400

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

4.0 44,000 1,153,200

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

4.0 51,800 1,332,200

Salt Lake City, UT

3.9 25,300 678,200

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

3.7 68,100 1,899,600

Austin-Round Rock, TX

3.5 32,200 947,400

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3.4 110,500 3,375,900

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

3.3 35,100 1,106,200

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

3.2 79,600 2,583,200

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

3.1 42,000 1,384,300

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

3.1 75,500 2,500,700

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

3.1 27,500 903,900

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

3.1 29,000 978,200

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

3.1 42,400 1,388,700

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

3.0 29,900 1,030,400

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

3.0 55,200 1,899,400

Raleigh, NC

3.0 17,000 575,800

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.0 66,300 2,248,500

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

2.9 18,000 644,900

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

2.9 31,000 1,107,400

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.8 34,100 1,245,500

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

2.7 51,100 1,957,700

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

2.6 23,100 909,300

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

2.6 151,200 5,867,300

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

2.6 23,500 916,300

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

2.3 13,000 568,600

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.2 23,100 1,076,900

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2.1 62,300 2,985,300

Jacksonville, FL

2.1 13,200 637,000

Oklahoma City, OK

2.1 13,000 632,100

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.0 10,300 522,000

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH NECTA

2.0 51,200 2,647,400

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA

2.0 11,300 577,400

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1.9 25,700 1,380,600

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.8 34,100 1,940,300

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA NECTA

1.8 10,200 583,400

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

1.8 57,000 3,181,100

Pittsburgh, PA

1.7 19,400 1,191,600

Columbus, OH

1.6 16,100 1,036,900

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.6 16,900 1,043,300

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1.5 15,900 1,061,200

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

1.5 139,800 9,317,200

Rochester, NY

1.3 7,100 536,400

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

1.2 56,500 4,582,900

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

1.0 6,000 621,800

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

1.0 29,300 2,829,100

St. Louis, MO-IL

0.9 12,100 1,341,500

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

0.7 5,700 848,700

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

0.5 4,100 761,400

Richmond, VA

0.4 2,800 636,600

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

-0.1 -400 566,000

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

The only large metropolitan area that had an over-the-year decrease was New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (where an employment decrease of 400 was a change of −0.1 percent).

The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (151,200 or 2.6 percent), New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania. (139,800 or 1.5 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (110,500 or 3.4 percent).

Over the year ended in May 2015, nonfarm employment rose in 50 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. Among metropolitan areas of all sizes, 319 had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in May, 63 had decreases, and 5 had no change. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (6.7 percent), followed by Odessa, Texas (6.1 percent), and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Midland, Texas (6.0 percent each). Nationwide, employment increased 2.2 percent from May 2014 to May 2015.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — May 2015" (HTML) (PDF). Large metropolitan areas have a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 5.7 percent over the year in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-up-5-point-7-percent-over-the-year-in-san-jose-sunnyvale-santa-clara-ca.htm (visited October 23, 2021).