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Employment up in 154 out of 389 metropolitan areas from January 2021 to January 2022

March 30, 2022

In January 2022, 154 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 235 were essentially unchanged. The largest percentage increases occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (+13.7 percent each), followed by Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+13.1 percent).

Largest percentage changes in nonfarm employment by metropolitan area, January 2021 to January 2022
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

13.7% 8,600

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

13.7 123,100

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

13.1 14,500

Napa, CA

12.9 7,800

Flagstaff, AZ

11.6 6,900

Santa Fe, NM

10.0 5,500

Salinas, CA

9.2 11,500

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

9.1 123,300

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

9.1 110,500

Bend-Redmond, OR

9.0 7,300

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

8.9 8,000

Midland, TX

8.8 8,400

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

8.7 15,100

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

8.4 464,100

Santa Rosa, CA

8.4 15,200

Austin-Round Rock, TX

8.3 92,300

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

8.2 8,700

Muskegon, MI

8.2 4,700

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

8.0 24,700

Bellingham, WA

8.0 6,900

From January 2021 to January 2022, nonfarm employment increased in 44 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more.

Percentage change in employment for metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more, January 2021 to January 2022
Metropolitan area Percent change Employment change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

6.0% 164,900

Austin-Round Rock, TX

8.3 92,300

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

3.8 50,700

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.2 11,800

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

5.0 126,800

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

4.0 19,800

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.9 34,800

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

5.3 227,600

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1.5 15,800

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

2.3 23,100

Columbus, OH

1.7 17,800

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

6.5 240,300

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

5.3 76,600

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

5.9 109,400

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

1.6 8,700

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

5.2 153,700

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

4.3 45,100

Jacksonville, FL

4.2 29,900

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.7 17,700

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

13.7 123,100

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

8.4 464,100

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

2.7 17,700

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3.0 18,600

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

6.0 153,500

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

0.8 6,100

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

2.7 49,900

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

5.5 55,600

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

2.8 14,900

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

5.7 504,300

Oklahoma City, OK

2.7 17,100

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

9.1 110,500

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

4.5 125,000

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

4.2 91,300

Pittsburgh, PA

2.8 30,600

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

6.2 69,700

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

4.6 25,000

Raleigh, NC

5.1 32,300

Richmond, VA

1.7 11,000

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

6.9 103,400

Rochester, NY

4.8 23,400

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

5.3 51,000

Salt Lake City, UT

3.3 24,600

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

5.6 57,100

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

9.1 123,300

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

7.7 171,100

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

6.9 72,400

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.8 112,700

St. Louis, MO-IL

2.0 26,200

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.1 69,400

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

1.0 7,200

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

3.4 106,100

Among these 51 metropolitan areas, the largest percentage gains occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (+13.7 percent), followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, and San Diego-Carlsbad, California (+9.1 percent each). The largest over-the-year employment increases occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (+504,300), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+464,100), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+240,300).

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 — January 2022." Also see charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up in 154 out of 389 metropolitan areas from January 2021 to January 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/employment-up-in-154-out-of-389-metropolitan-areas-from-january-2021-to-january-2022.htm (visited December 08, 2022).