Unemployment Rates Drop in Most Cities
Unemployment rates in most cities were below year-earlier levels in November, the Labor Department reported, but 133 of 372 metropolitan areas posted flat or declining employment from a November 2010.
In November, 239 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 127 reported decreases, and 6 had no change. The largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+87,900), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+57,300), Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. (+50,400), and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (+46,100).
Over the year, nonfarm employment rose in 31 of the 36 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2010. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas were posted in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+3.4 percent), San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+3.3 percent), and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (+2.8 percent).