From August 2015 to August 2016, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 320 metropolitan areas, decreased in 59 areas, and was unchanged in 8 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in St. George, Utah (7.1 percent), followed by Madera, California (7.0 percent), and Cleveland, Tennessee (6.4 percent).
The largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana (−4.1 percent), Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (−3.4 percent), and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Illinois (−3.2 percent).
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 — August 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, St. George, Utah, has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/st-george-utah-has-largest-over-the-year-percentage-increase-in-employment.htm (visited September 22, 2023).