Last week the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Summary for November 2012. According to the report, during November the national unemployment rate was 7.4 which was down from 8.2% a year earlier. Across the United States there were metro areas below the national unemployment rate, 217 metro areas were above the national unemployment rate, 146 metro areas were above 9 metro areas were equal to the national unemployment rate.
Nationally the metro area of Bismark ND had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6%. Fargo ND and Lincoln NE had the next lowest rate at 3%. The highest metro unemployment in the nation was Yuma, AZ at 27.5% followed by El Centro, CA at 26.6% . Unemployment continues to trend higher in the Southwestern United States.
In Florida there are 19 metropolitan areas that are a part of the report released. The metro area of Crestville-Ft Walton Beach-Destin reported the lowest metro unemployment rate of 5.9% compared to Palm Coast that posted the highest metro unemployment in the state at 11.4%. In Florida there are 16 metropolitan ares that are above the national unemployment rate and 3 metro areas below the national unemployment rate of 7.4%. The unemployment rate across the state of Florida was 7.9% in December.
Each month the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys 372 metropolitan cities or areas across the country and reports the unemployment rate for each metro. When considering a relocation this information can be very useful. To see how a comparison of unemployment by metropolitan areas surveyed go to http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.nr0.htm. The next Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Unemployment and Employment Summary comes out January 30, 2013and that report will be a review covering the month of December 2012.
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