Employment Picture

The total number of employed people from August 2016 to August 2017 increased by 1.2 percent, or 1,772 people, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 8.9 percent, or 709 people.

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 August 2016 to August 2017 increased by 1.2 percent, or 1,772 people, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 8.9 percent, or 709 people. Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations, with a rise of 4.3 percent. Following that were increases for Office and Administrative Support (3.6%) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (2.5%). For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with 23.1 percent, followed by Sales and Related Occupations (-12.9%) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (-12.6%). The overall unemployment rate dropped 10 percent year-over-year.