Employment Picture

For unemployment, the most significant decline was in the Production occupation with 36.3 percent, followed by Management, Business and Financial (22.9 percent) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (22.7 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

Total employment increased by 1.2 percent or 1,888 people from October 2016 to October 2017, while the total unemployed population decreased by 16.2 percent (1,205 people). The Farming, Fishing and Forestry sector had the largest employment gains at 17.8 percent year-over-year, followed by Construction and Extraction (3.2 percent) and Management, Business and Financial (2.8 percent). For unemployment, the most significant decline was in the Production occupation with 36.3 percent, followed by Management, Business and Financial (22.9 percent) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (22.7 percent). Overall unemployment rate dropped 17.0 percent year-over-year in October 2017.