Earlier this week the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Summary for July 2013. The BLS tracks 372 metropolitan areas unemployment across the United States. According to this report, during July the national unemployment rate was 7.8% which was down from 8.4% a year earlier.
Of the 372 Metropolitan areas in the United States there were 214 metropolitan areas that have an unemployment lower than 7.7%, while 152 metro areas were above the national unemployment rate and 6 metro areas were equal to the national unemployment rate for July.
Nationally, during the month of July the highest metro unemployment in the nation was Yuma, AZ at 34.5% and El Centro, CA at 26.1% . Bismark ND had the lowest metro unemployment in the country at 2.5% followed by Souix Falls, SD at 3%.
In Florida there are 20 metropolitan areas that are a part of the BLS report that was released. The metro area of Crestville-Ft Walton Beach-Destin reported the lowest metro unemployment rate of 5.1% compared to Palm Coast that posted the highest metro unemployment in the state at 10.4%. In Florida there are 14 metropolitan areas that are below the national unemployment rate and 6 metro areas either at or above the national unemployment rate of 7.7%. According to the BLS report the average unemployment rate across the State of Florida unemployment was 7.4 % in July.
Each month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on the 372 metropolitan cities or areas across the country and reports the unemployment rate for each metro areas. When considering a relocation or job move this information can be very useful. To see a comparison of unemployment by metropolitan areas surveyed go to http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/metro_08282013.pdf. The next Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Report comes out September 20, 2013 and that report will be a review covering the month of August 2013.
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