August 11, 2016
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.3 percent. El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate, 23.7 percent. A total of 191 areas had June jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 5.1 percent, 180 areas had rates above it, and 16 areas had rates equal to the national rate.
Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 285 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 75 areas, and unchanged in 27 areas. Eight areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent, and 6 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate in June was 5.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 5.5 percent a year earlier.
Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in June (−1.9 percentage points). Thirty-six other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Casper, Wyoming (+2.7 percentage points).
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for June 2016 are preliminary and may be revised. The data are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had lowest metro area unemployment rate in June 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/sioux-falls-south-dakota-had-lowest-metro-area-unemployment-rate-in-june-2016.htm (visited December 09, 2022).