Posted November 5, 2021

Factory and construction jobs increased in October

Manufacturing jobs increased by 60,000 in October, led by a gain in motor vehicles and parts (+28,000).

Employment also rose in fabricated metal products (+6,000), chemicals (+6,000), and printing and related support activities (+4,000). Manufacturing employment is down by 270,000 since February 2020.

Construction employment rose by 44,000 in October, following an increase of 30,000 in September. In October, employment increased in nonresidential specialty trade contractors (+19,000) and in heavy and -4- civil engineering construction (+12,000). Construction employment is 150,000 below its February 2020 level.

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 54,000 in October and is 149,000 above its February 2020 level. In October, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+20,000), transit and ground passenger transportation (+16,000), air transportation (+9,000), and truck transportation (+8,000). 

Nationwide, total employment rose by 531,000 in October, and the unemployment rate edged down by 0.2 percentage point to 4.6 percent.

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