In April 2010, the largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment were reported in Ocean City, New Jersey (+7.9 percent), Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (+4.1 percent), Jacksonville, North Carolina (+4.0 percent), Manhattan, Kansas (+3.9 percent), and St. Joseph, Missouri-Kansas (+3.8 percent).
The largest over-the-year percentage losses in employment were reported in Monroe, Michigan (-5.6 percent), Farmington, New Mexico (-5.3 percent), Sumter, South Carolina (-5.2 percent), Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington and Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-West Virginia (-5.1 percent each), and Grand Junction, Colorado (-5.0 percent).
Among the 372 metropolitan areas for which non-farm payroll employment data were available, 300 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment, 64 reported increases, and 8 were unchanged.
This data is from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. The most recent month's employment data is preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — April 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 10-0746.