Richmond, VA Jobs Report
The U.S. economy added 661,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment fell to 7.9%. This decrease is because in part because nearly 700,000 people left the labor force, however, there were 11.4 million jobs were brought back.
Labor force participation, the share of women working or looking for jobs, dropped to 55.6 percent from 56.1 percent. Apart from April 2020, that is the lowest reading for women’s labor force participation since 1987. Even as the US economy brings back some workers, an increasing number of Americans have found their layoffs to be permanent.
*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.
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