Today the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Summary for August 2013. This report was due to be released in September but due to the Federal government shutdown it was delayed. The BLS tracks 372 metropolitan areas unemployment across the United States. According to this report, during August the national unemployment rate was 7.3% which was down from 8.3% a year earlier.
Of the 372 Metropolitan areas in the United States there were 207 metropolitan areas that have an unemployment lower than 7.3%, while 158 metro areas were above the national unemployment rate and 7 metro areas were equal to the national unemployment rate during August.
Nationally, during the month of August the highest metro unemployment in the nation was Yuma, AZ at 32.6% and El Centro, CA at 26.3% . Bismark, ND had the lowest metro unemployment in the country at 2.4% followed by Sioux 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 4.7% compared to Palm Coast which posted the highest metro unemployment in the state at 10.1%. In Florida there are 12 metropolitan areas that are below the national unemployment rate and 8 metro areas either at or above the national unemployment rate of 7.3%. According to the BLS report the average unemployment rate across the State of Florida was 7.1 % in August.
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 – August 2013. A specific date has not been set for the release of the next Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Report for October 2013 that report will most also include employment data for September 2013.
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