Alabama, Massachusetts areas post lowest jobless rates in May


The Birmingham-Hoover area of Alabama posted the lowest jobless rate among large US metro areas in May at 2.0%, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The next lowest rate was in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua in Massachusetts-New Hampshire at 2.1%.

Conversely, the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise area in Nevada had the highest rate at 5.6%.

Among metros of all sizes, Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.3%. The next lowest rate was in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 1.4%.

Meanwhile, El Centro, California, had the highest rate among metro areas of all sizes at 16.0%.