Unemployment rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 344 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 19 areas, and unchanged in 9 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 12 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred sixty-seven metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 98 reported decreases, and 7 had no change. The national unemployment rate in
February was 8.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 9.5 percent a year earlier.
The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions was reported in Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+3.1 percent), followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+2.6 percent), and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Mass.-N.H., and Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. (+2.5 percent each). The over-the-year percentage decreases in employment occurred in Nashua, N.H.- Mass. (-2.1 percent), Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Mass. (-1.0 percent), and Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. (-0.3 percent).
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)