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Pennsylvania unemployment rate declines

Posted on January 4, 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one area showed that the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined.

Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 271 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 90 areas, and unchanged in 26 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In November, the lowest unemployment rate was in Ames, Iowa, 1.7 percent. El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rates, 20.3 percent and 16.7 percent, respectively. A total of 196 areas had November jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.4 percent, 180 areas had rates below it, and 11 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

New Bedford, Mass., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in November (-2.8 percentage points). Fifty-eight other areas had rate declines of at least 1.0 percentage point. The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Erie, Pa. (+1.2 percentage points).

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.- N.H., and Salt Lake City, Utah, had the lowest unemployment rates in November, 2.4 percent each. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., had the highest rate among the large areas, 5.5 percent.

Thirty-nine large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, eight had increases, and four had no change. The largest rate decrease occurred in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.-N.H. (-1.7 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increases were in Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Pittsburgh, Pa. (+0.6 percentage point each).

In November, 31 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 4 had increases, and 3 had no change. The largest rate decline occurred in Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. (-2.4 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase occurred in Philadelphia, Pa.

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