2018 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 December 2017 to December 2018 increased by 1.9 percent (2,879,000 people) while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 4 percent (249,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 5.9 percent. The Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 3.9 percent, while the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations gained 3.7 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations, which experienced a decline of 26.7 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Production occupations decreasing 20.7 percent and the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations going down 13.8 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 5.1 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Jan. 11, 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 November 2017 to November 2018 increased by 1.8 percent (2,835,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 10.1 percent (636,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 6.4 percent. Following that was the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations with a rise of 3.9 percent and the Professional and Related occupations going up 2.1 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with a decline of 26.4 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Construction and Extraction occupations going down 21.3 percent and the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations decreasing 19.6 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 10.3 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Dec. 14, 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

The total number of employed people from October 2017 to October 2018 increased by 1.8 percent (2,729,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 7.5 percent (471,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 5.8 percent. The Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 4.9 percent, while the Construction and Extraction occupations gained 4.6 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations, which experienced a decline of 49.1 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations decreasing 24.6 percent, and the Construction and Extraction occupations going down 19.2 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 10.3 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Nov. 9, 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

The total number of employed people from September 2017 to September 2018 increased by 1.1 percent (1,697,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 12.1 percent (790,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Construction and Extraction occupations with a rise of 7.0 percent. Following that was the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations increasing by 5.3 percent and the Production occupations going up by 4.3 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with a decline of 50.5 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a drop of 44.4 percent, and Office and Administration Support decreasing by 25.9 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 12.2 percent year-over-year in September.

—Posted on Oct. 11, 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

The total number of employed people from August 2017 to August 2018 increased by 1.3 percent (1,963,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 12.6 percent (917,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in Production occupations with an increase of 5.4 percent. Following that was Professional and Related occupations with a rise of 4.2 percent, and Production, Transportation and Material Moving up 3.5 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in Production occupations with a 34.8 percent decline. Rounding out the top three were Construction and Extraction occupations down 31.3 percent and Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations dropping 26 percent. The overall unemployment rate total declined 13.3 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Sep. 13, 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

The total number of employed people from July 2017 to July 2018 increased by 1.6 percent (2,534,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 9.6 percent (711,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 6.1 percent. Following that was the Construction and Extraction occupations with a rise of 5.1 percent, and the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations going up 4.3 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Construction and Maintenance occupations with a decline of 31.6 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance occupations decreasing 25.3 percent and the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations going down 22.7 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 10.9 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Aug. 15, 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

The total number of employed people from June 2017 to June 2018 increased by 1.5 percent (2,379,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 6 percent (438,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 8.9 percent. Following that was the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with an increase of 7.4 percent, while Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations recorded gains of 4.4 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Production occupations with a drop of 29 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations and Office and Administrative Support occupations tied with a decrease of 16.1 percent. The overall unemployment rate total dropped 6.0 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on July 11, 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

The total number of employed people from May 2017 to May 2018 increased by 1.7 percent (2,602,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 12.4 percent (816,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 7.6 percent. Following that was the Production, Transportation and Material Moving with a rise of 3.7 percent and Service occupations with an increase of 2.6 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a decline of 42.2 percent. Following that was Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance down 19.8 percent, and Services occupations with a 18.8 percent decline. The overall unemployment rate total has dropped 12.2 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on June 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

The total number of employed people from April 2017 to April 2018 increased by 1.4 percent (2,086,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 9.5 percent (623,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 7.1 percent. Following that was the Production, Transportation and Material Moving with a rise of 3.4 percent and Service occupations (2.8 percent). For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Management, Business and Financial occupations with a decline of 20.8 percent, followed by Transportation and Material Moving (down 18.7 percent) and Production, Transportation and Material Moving (down 15.4 percent). The overall unemployment rate total has dropped 9.8 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on May 15, 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

The total number of employed people from March 2017 to March 2018 increased by 1.5 percent (2,249,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 8.4 percent (613,000 people). Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was the 5.5 percent increase in the Construction and Extraction occupations. Transportation and Material Moving increased by 5.0 percent, Professional and Related occupations gained 3.7 percent, and Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations increased by 3.6 percent. For unemployment, the most significant decrease was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a 22.7 percent decline, followed by Production (down 19.1 percent) and Management, Business and Financial ( down 16.4 percent). The overall unemployment rate total has dropped 10.9 percent year-over-year.

—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 2,809,000 people from February 2017 to February 2018, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 10.1 percent or 796,000 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 2,321,000 people from January 2017 to January 2018, while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 11.8 percent, or 960,000 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 1,804,000 people from December 2016 to December 2017 increased, while total unemployment decreased by 12.4 percent, or 892,000 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