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Jobs Added

Metro +11,900
  • Month Over Month: +1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 11,333
  • Year Over Year: +7.3%
State +95,800
  • Month Over Month: +0.8%
  • 3 Month Average: 76,633
  • Year Over Year: +5.9%
National +531,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: 442,000
  • Year Over Year: +4.1%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 3.5%
  • Month Over Month: -0.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.83%
  • Year Over Year: -2.7%
State 5.6%
  • Month Over Month: -0.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 5.9%
  • Year Over Year: -2.3%
National 4.6%
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 4.87%
  • Year Over Year: -2.3%

Though payrolls have grown every month so far in 2021, the economy remains more than 4 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic levels following plunges in employment between March and April of 2020.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent, from 4.8 percent. The October gain was an improvement from the 312,000 positions added in September.

The civilian labor force was still down by nearly 3 million individuals compared to February 2020 as of October. The labor force participation rate — the share of the working-age population employed or looking for a job — was flat in October. While job growth has struggled to keep pace with employer demand in recent months, the October report hinted at the start of some improvement on labor scarcities.

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Financial Activities +1,100
  • Month Over Month: +1.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 72
  • Year Over Year: +6.6%
Professional & Business Services -2,300
  • Month Over Month: -1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 224
  • Year Over Year: +11.4%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Finance & Insurance +500
  • Month Over Month: +1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 48
  • Year Over Year: +4.1%
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing -600
  • Month Over Month: -0.3%
  • 3 Month Average: 229
  • Year Over Year: +7.3%
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services -900
  • Month Over Month: -1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 87
  • Year Over Year: +6.3%
Employment Services +700
  • Month Over Month: +2.7%
  • 3 Month Average: 26
  • Year Over Year: +11.8%

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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