From June 2016 to June 2017, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 342 metropolitan areas, decreased in 39 areas, and was unchanged in seven areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Manhattan, Kansas (+7.8 percent), Fort Collins, Colorado (+7.2 percent), and Sebring, Florida (+5.7 percent). The largest numerical increases were in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+169,500), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+115,300), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+102,600).
The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Casper, Wyoming (–3.8 percent), followed by Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (–3.2 percent), and Cape Girardeau, Missouri-Illinois (–2.9 percent). The largest numerical decrease occurred in Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (–2,800), followed by Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana (–1,900), and Casper, Wyoming (–1,500).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Areas in the six New England states are Metropolitan New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs), while areas in other states are county-based. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2017" (HTML) (PDF).