Justin Wehner with the state Employment Development Department
says the sector that gained the most jobs between September and
October was government…both state and local…expanding by 4,600
"Government did well month-over but year-over it's still
down 1,300 jobs and is an industry that had the most amount of job
declines in the past year."
Other sectors that added jobs month-over-month include:
education, health care and retail.
Those gains were offset by declines in leisure and hospitality
which lost 3,800 jobs as the summer travel season ended and fewer
people were staying in hotels and dining out. Construction also
declined by 2,400 jobs in October.
"That was also somewhat seasonal in nature. We saw a
buildup in construction leading into the summer months. So to see
proportional declines as the warm weather season wraps up is
The current unemployment rate of 9.8% is well below the
region's highest jobless rate which was 12.9% in January of