Employment Picture

For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the installation, maintenance and repair occupations with 30 percent, followed by professional and related (-22.9 percent) and office and administrative support (-18.3 percent).

Employed and unemployed persons by occupation; not seasonally adjusted; numbers in thousands

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 2016 to March 2017 increased by 1.3 percent, or 1,890 people, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 10.3 percent, or 832 people. Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was once again in the farming, fishing and forestry occupations, with a rise of 13.7 percent. Following that, the next increases were for installation, maintenance and repair at 5.5 percent and natural resources, construction and maintenance at 2.9 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the installation, maintenance and repair occupations with 30 percent, followed by professional and related (-22.9 percent) and office and administrative support (-18.3 percent). The overall unemployment rate has dropped 9.8 percent year-over-year.