US Unemployment Rates By Metropolitan Area

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This dataset contains unemployment data at metropolitan area (MA) level. The data for the unemployment rate is starting from 2011.


The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program is a federal-state cooperative effort in which monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment are prepared for approximately 7,500 areas: Census regions and divisions, States, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan NECTAS (New England City and Town Areas), Metropolitan Divisions and NECTA Divisions, Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan NECTAs, Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Combined NECTAs, Small Labor Market Areas, Counties and county equivalents, Cities of 25,000 population or more, Cities and towns in New England regardless of population. These estimates are key indicators of local economic conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for the concepts, definitions, technical procedures, validation, and publication of the estimates that state workforce agencies prepared under the agreement with BLS. The concepts and definitions underlying LAUS data come from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the household survey that is the source of the national unemployment rate. The timing of data availability is controlled by the length of time required to produce and validate estimates.

Standard geographic area definitions based on existing political divisions are used by the LAUS program to determine the specific areas for which estimates are generated. These same definitions are used by other federal and state agencies, enabling comparison and tabulation of data across programs. Standardized definitions also increase the availability of input data for the LAUS program from other statistical or administrative programs.

This dataset contains only unemployment data for the metropolitan area along with their Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes. The unemployed persons are all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4 week-period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed. The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the labor force.

The rates for the month of the last year are preliminary and not seasonally adjusted.

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Unemployment, LAUS Program, Unemployment Number, Unemployment Statistics, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Highest Unemployment Rate, Lowest Unemployment Rate, Unemployment Rate, Unemployment Rate Rank, US States

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US Metropolitan Areas Unemployment Rates And Ranks, US Metropolitan Areas Monthly Statistics For Unemployment Rate, US Bureau Of Labor Statistics Unemployment At Metropolitan Area Level

YearThe year corresponding to the unemployment rate value and rank of the value for a specific metropolitan areadate-
Month_Or_Year_AverageSpecifies whether the value of the unemployment measure is corresponding to a specific month or is an average annual valuestringrequired : 1
Metropolitan_AreaThe name of the metropolitan area or the United Statesstringrequired : 1
Area_TypeSpecifies whether the metropolitan area is from Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or a New England City and town area (NECTA)string-
Is_Large_Metropolitan_AreaSpecifies if the metropolitan area is classified by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment reports to be a large metropolitan areaboolean-
StateThe US state/s where the metropolitan area is locatedstring-
State_AbbreviationThe abbreviated name/s of the US state/s where the metropolitan area is locatedstring-
Unemployment_RateThe value of the ratenumberlevel : Ratio
Unemployment_Rate_RankThe rank of the rate value corresponding to a year, month (if it is the case) and a metropolitan area among all metropolitan areas measure values in the same year and month (if it is the case)integerlevel : Ordinal
2018AprilUnited States3.7
2012Year averageUnited States8.1
2013Year averageUnited States7.4
2014Year averageUnited States6.2
2015Year averageUnited States5.3
2016Year averageUnited States4.9
2017Year averageUnited States4.4
2018AprilAmesMetropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)falseIowaIA1.51
2018AprilLimaMetropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)falseOhioOH4.0247
2018AprilWacoMetropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)falseTexasTX3.4157