Minneapolis, Salt Lake City post lowest jobless rates among large metro areas in August


The Minneapolis and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas posted the lowest jobless rates in August among the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the US with populations of 1 million or more, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Minneapolis and Salt Lake City both posted jobless rates of 2.1% in August.

On the flip side, the large metro area with the highest jobless rate in August was Las Vegas at 5.7%.

The BLS reported 11 of the most populous metro areas are made up of 38 metropolitan divisions, which are separately identifiable employment centers. Among these, the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area in Florida and the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area in California posted the lowest jobless rates at 2.3% each. The Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania posted the highest rate at 5.9%.

Among metro areas of all sizes, three areas tied for the lowest jobless rate in August at 1.7%: the Burlington-South Burlington area in Vermont, the Fargo metro area in North Dakota and Minnesota, and the Mankato-North Mankato area in Minnesota. The highest jobless rate was in Yuma, Arizona, at 21.0%.