Pacific Northwest & Puerto Rico Lead in National Employment Gains YOY

Both regions are alone in near-perfect metro growth performance in 2023.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its latest metropolitan city level data for year over year employment trends.

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Nationally, unemployment rates were higher in October than a year earlier in 223 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 137 areas, and unchanged in 29 areas. In Puerto Rico, all of its metro areas saw growth in employment. In the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon, all areas saw growth - except the Seattle area which saw a decline of only 0.2%.