Earlier this month the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Summary for December 2013. The BLS tracks 372 metropolitan areas unemployment across the United States. According to this report, during December the national unemployment rate was 6.5% which was down from 7.6% a year earlier.
Of the 372 Metropolitan areas in the United States there were 211 metropolitan areas that have an unemployment lower than 6.5%, while 152 metro areas were above the national unemployment rate and 9 metro areas were equal to the national unemployment rate for December.
Nationally, during the month of December the highest metro unemployment in the nation was Yuma, AZ 27.1% and El Centro CA, at 22.5% . Bismark ND had the lowest metro unemployment in the country at 2.8% followed by Fargo, ND at 3%. Overall the state of ND had a statewide unemployment low of 2.8%.
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 4.4% compared to Palm Coast that posted the highest metro unemployment in the state at 8.8%. In Florida there are 15 metropolitan ares that are below the national unemployment rate and 5 metro areas either at or above the national unemployment rate of 6.5%. According to the BLS report the average unemployment rate across the State of Florida was 5.9% in December.
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 the full metropolitan area report click this link: Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – December 2013. The release for the January 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Report will be released on March 21, 2014.
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