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Jobs Added

Metro +7,500
  • Month Over Month: +0.6%
  • 3 Month Average: -100
  • Year Over Year: -12.6%
State +19,600
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 12,500
  • Year Over Year: -6.2%
National +916,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.6%
  • 3 Month Average: 539,000
  • Year Over Year: -4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 5.8%
  • Month Over Month: -1.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 6.7%
  • Year Over Year: +2.8%
State 4.7%
  • Month Over Month: -0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 4.87%
  • Year Over Year: +1.4%
National 6.0%
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 6.17%
  • Year Over Year: +1.6%

The U.S. jobs rebound boomed last month, fueled by the accelerating pace of vaccinations and a new injection of federal aid.

Employers added 916,000 jobs in March, up from 416,000 in February and the most since August. The unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in February. Economists said the latest data marked a turning point. Last month was the third straight month of accelerating hiring, and even bigger gains are likely in the months ahead.

Another 347,000 workers came back, bringing the labor force participation rate to 61.5%, compared to 63.3% in February 2020.

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Financial Activities +700
  • Month Over Month: +0.9%
  • 3 Month Average: 76
  • Year Over Year: -5.0%
Professional & Business Services +500
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 215
  • Year Over Year: -9.9%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Finance & Insurance +400
  • Month Over Month: +0.8%
  • 3 Month Average: 49
  • Year Over Year: +2.9%
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing +300
  • Month Over Month: +1.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 27
  • Year Over Year: -16.9%
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services +2,100
  • Month Over Month: +2.9%
  • 3 Month Average: 73
  • Year Over Year: -2.2%
Employment Services +500
  • Month Over Month: +1.8%
  • 3 Month Average: 28
  • Year Over Year: -20.2%

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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