2018 Employment Picture

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

—Posted on April 18, 2018


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 increased by 1.9 percent or 2,809 people from February 2017 to February 2018, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 10.1 percent or 796 people during the same interval of time. Year-over-year, the largest employment change was registered by the Construction and Extraction occupations with a 6.5 percent increase, followed by gains in Farming, Fishing and Forestry (5.2 percent) and Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance and Transportation and Material Moving, both with a 4.5 percent increase. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupation with 31.0 percent, followed by Production (28.0 percent decrease) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (19.7 percent decrease). The overall unemployment rate total has dropped 10.2 percent year-over-year in February.

—Posted on Mar. 19, 2018


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 employed increased by 1.5 percent or 2,321 people from January 2017 to January 2018, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 11.8 percent, or 960 people. The Construction and Extraction category posted the most significant change, gaining 8.4 percent year-over-year in January, followed by the Farming, Fishing and Forestry segment (7.0 increase) and the Professional and Related occupations (5.1 increase). For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Production occupations, which dropped by 28.1 percent, followed by the Management, Business and Financial segment (20.3 decrease) and the Office and Administrative Support category (16.6 percent decrease). The overall unemployment rate total dropped by 11.8 percent year-over-year in January.

—Posted on Feb. 21, 2018


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 1,804 people from December 2016 to December 2017 increased, while total unemployment decreased by 12.4 percent, or 892 people. Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations, which gained 19.5 percent. The Construction and Extraction segment increased by 5.2 percent, and the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations gained 4.7 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Production occupations, which dropped by 22.8 percent, followed by Production, Transportation and Material Moving (21.1 percent decline) and Sales and Related occupations (18.4 percent decline). The overall unemployment rate dropped 13.3 percent year-over-year in December.

—Posted on Jan. 30, 2018