Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 257 of the 372 metropolitan areas surveyed by the Labor Department. Ninety-four areas had higher unemployment rates and 21 were unchanged from a year ago.
For non-farm payroll employment only, 232 metropolitan areas increased the number of jobs, while 133 decreased and seven saw no change. See if your community was among those with more total jobs here, and more non-farm employment here.
Are cities the main jobs generator for a sustained recovery? Economics writer Ryan Avent has a new ebook, The Gated City, arguing just that point. His solution is to increase affordable housing in urban areas to stimulate innovation, productivity and employment.