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Metropolitan area employment, September 2014 to September 2015

October 30, 2015

From September 2014 to September 2015, nonfarm payroll employment went up in 302 metropolitan areas, went down in 76 areas, and stayed the same in 9.

Percent change in employment by metropolitan area, September 2014 to September 2015

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah (6.2 percent), followed by Medford, Oregon (4.9 percent), and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California. (4.8 percent). The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+129,900), New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+115,400), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+98,700).

The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (−6.5 percent), Bloomington, Indiana (−4.0 percent), and Cape Girardeau, Missouri-Illinois, and Lawton, Oklahoma. (−2.7 percent each). The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Illinois (−4,200), Lafayette, Louisiana (−3,700), and Bloomington, Indiana (−3,100).

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. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — September 2015” (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area employment, September 2014 to September 2015 at (visited July 18, 2024).

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