Unemployment rates were lower in March 2016 than a year earlier in 270 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 98 areas, and unchanged in 19 areas. Ten areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent, and 11 areas had rates of at least 10.0 percent. El Centro, California, and Yuma, Arizona, had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decreases (–4.1 percentage points each), while Casper, Wyoming (+2.6 percentage points), and Odessa, Texas (+2.2 points), had the largest increases. The national unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2016, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier.
Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the lowest unemployment rate in March, 3.1 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin, had the highest rate among the large areas, 6.6 percent. Thirty-six large areas had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases, 11 had increases, and 4 had no change. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, and Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas, had the largest over-the-year rate decreases (–1.7 percentage points each) among the large areas. The largest over-the-year rate increases among the large areas occurred in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (+0.6 percentage point each).
(via Bureau of Labor Statistics)