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Top metropolitan employment gains and losses, October 2017 to October 2018

December 03, 2018

In October 2018, 56 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 332 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (+117,800), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+109,000), and New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (+108,500).The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Midland, Texas (+9.2 percent), Colorado Springs, Colorado (+5.4 percent), and Reno, Nevada (+4.5 percent).

Change in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, October 2017 to October 2018, by largest gains and losses, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Midland, TX

9.2% 8,800

Ocean City, NJ

7.2 3,000

Kankakee, IL

5.7 2,700

Colorado Springs, CO

5.4 15,700

St. George, UT

5.0 3,300

Gainesville, GA

4.6 4,200

Tyler, TX

4.6 4,800

Reno, NV

4.5 10,700

Albany, OR

4.4 2,000

Huntsville, AL

4.4 10,300

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

-1.0 -2,300

Beckley, WV

-1.1 -500

Burlington-South Burlington, VT NECTA

-1.1 -1,400

Williamsport, PA

-1.1 -600

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

-1.2 -500

Bloomington, IN

-1.3 -1,000

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

-1.3 -500

Victoria, TX

-1.5 -600

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

-2.1 -700

Elmira, NY

-2.2 -800

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 — October 2018." Also see Charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Top metropolitan employment gains and losses, October 2017 to October 2018 at (visited June 24, 2024).

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