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Jobs Added

Metro -3,900
  • Month Over Month: -0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: -5,033
  • Year Over Year: -0.2%
State -6,900
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: -233
  • Year Over Year: +0.2%
National -20,500,000
  • Month Over Month: -13.5%
  • 3 Month Average: -7,046,667
  • Year Over Year: -12.9%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 3.3%
  • Month Over Month: -0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.7%
  • Year Over Year: -0.4%
State 3.4%
  • Month Over Month: -0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.47%
  • Year Over Year: +0.2%
National 14.7%
  • Month Over Month: +10.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 7.53%
  • Year Over Year: +11.1%

The U.S. economy shed a record 20.5 million payrolls in April and the unemployment rate jumped to 14.7%, as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses across the country to temporarily shut down and lay off or furlough workers.

The unemployment rate surged to 14.7% in April, the highest on record based on monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data spanning back to 1948. The monthly unemployment rate was estimated to have been about 25% at the peak of the Great Depression in 1933. April’s decline follows March’s downwardly revised payrolls drop of 870,000, which captured just the very start of the nationwide lockdowns and business closures,

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Financial Activities -300
  • Month Over Month: -0.6%
  • 3 Month Average: 50
  • Year Over Year: -0.2%
Professional & Business Services -1,800
  • Month Over Month: -1.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 122
  • Year Over Year: -2.7%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Finance & Insurance -300
  • Month Over Month: -0.7%
  • 3 Month Average: 40
  • Year Over Year: -0.2%
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing -300
  • Month Over Month: -1.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 27
  • Year Over Year: +0.4%
Accounting & bookkeeping services -67,600
  • Month Over Month: -6.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 1,018
  • Year Over Year: -4.3%
Employment Services +400
  • Month Over Month: +1.6%
  • 3 Month Average: 25
  • Year Over Year: -7.0%

Metropolitan Month-Over Month Job Growth by Sector

*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.

BLS.gov cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from BLS.gov. The BLS defines a sector as a subset of the domestic economy and excludes the economic activities of the following: general government, private households, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals. A sector consists of multiple industries. The BLS defines an industry as a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. Multiple industries makeup sectors.

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