2019 Employment Picture

The latest year-over-year comparison of employed and unemployed persons by occupation, updated monthly.

Numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from April 2018 to April 2019 increased by 0.7 percent (1,143,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 4.4 percent (253,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with an increase of 25.9 percent. The Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 3.2 percent, while the Management, Business and Financial occupations followed with a rise of 3.5 percent, while the Construction and Extraction occupations gained 2.9 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Construction and Extraction occupations with a decline of 33.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Production occupations falling by 30.3 percent and the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations decreasing 18.2 percent. The overall unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent in April 2019, contracting by 20 basis points year-over-year.

—Posted on June 20, 2019


Numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A total 1,362,000 people were employed from April 2018 to April 2019, accounting for a 90-basis-point increase year-over-year, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 9.2 percent (545,000 people). On an annual basis, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with an increase of 23.6 percent. The Management, Business and Financial occupations followed with a rise of 3.5 percent, while the Construction and Extraction occupations gained 3.2 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Construction and Extraction occupations with a decline of 31.6 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations going down 21.7 percent and the Management, Business and Financial occupations decreasing 18.5 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 10.8 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on May 23, 2019


Numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from March 2018 to March 2019 increased by 1 percent (1,564,000 people) while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 4.3 percent (289,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with an increase of 13.9 percent. The Construction and Extraction occupations followed with a rise of 5 percent, while the Management, Business and Financial occupations gained 3.5 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Construction and Extraction occupations with a decline of 29.4 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations decreasing 21.3 percent and the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations going down 17.2 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 4.9 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Apr. 22, 2019


Numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from February 2018 to February 2019 increased by 1.1 percent (1,764,000 people) while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 6.6 percent (466,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Management, Business and Financial occupations with an increase of 3.7 percent. The Construction and Extraction occupations followed with a rise of 3.1 percent, while the Production occupations gained 3 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Construction and Extraction occupations with a decline of 23.4 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Office and Administrative Support occupations decreasing 18.7 percent and the Transportation and Material Moving occupations going down 15.7 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 6.8 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Mar. 26, 2019


Numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from January 2018 to January 2019 increased by 1.4 percent (2,116,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people fell by 70 basis points (49,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 7.7 percent. The Management, Business and Financial occupations followed with a rise of 4.9 percent, while the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations gained 3.5 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations, which experienced a decline of 23.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations decreasing 17.1 percent and the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations going down 13.4 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 2.2 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Feb. 13, 2019