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Employment up more than 100,000 over the year in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas metro areas

April 08, 2016

From February 2015 to February 2016, the largest over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+181,700); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+149,600); and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+116,800). In percentage terms, the 12-month employment change was 2.0 percent in the New York area, 2.6 percent in the Los Angeles area, and 3.5 percent in the Dallas area.

12-month percentage change, employees on nonfarm payrolls by metropolitan area, February 2016

Size of bubble indicates employment change; green indicates increase; red indicates decrease.
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Cleveland, Tennessee (+9.3 percent); followed by Ocean City, New Jersey (+8.8 percent); and St. George, Utah (+7.1 percent). The numeric changes in employment in these areas were all less than 5,000.

The largest over-the-year decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana (−9,100 or −4.2 percent); Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (−6,700); and Odessa, Texas (−5,200).

The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Casper, Wyoming (−8.1 percent, a change in the number employed of −3,500). The employment decreases in Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (−6.7 percent) and Odessa, Texas (−6.6 percent) were the next largest in percentage terms.

Over the year, employment rose in 49 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas was +4.3 percent in Richmond, Virginia (employment change +27,400), followed by two large metropolitan areas which each had changes of 4.2 percent: Austin-Round Rock, Texas (employment change +39,800) and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (employment change 47,900).

Among large metropolitan areas, employment decreased in Rochester, New York (employment change −4,700 or −0.9 percent), and New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana (employment change −1,200 or −0.2 percent).

Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 323 metropolitan areas, decreased in 62 areas, and was unchanged in 2 areas.

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 — February 2016" (HTML) (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up more than 100,000 over the year in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas metro areas at (visited July 24, 2024).

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