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St. Louis area employment increases over last year

10:58 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Data released from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the St. Louis - Illinois Metropolitan Area employment is up.

Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted) in the St. Louis metropolitan area stood at 1,294,200 in March 2013, up 2,300, or 0.2 percent, over the year. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.5 percent from a year ago.

Seasonally adjusted, total nonfarm employment in the St. Louis metropolitan area was down 4,300 from February 2013 to March 2013.

In St. Louis, three of the ten 10 industry super-sectors added 1,000 or more jobs from March 2012 to March 2013, with the largest increase occurring in trade, transportation, and utilities (5,900). The education and health services super-sector gained 2,800 jobs over the year and financial activities added 1,000 jobs from March 2012.

Three super-sectors shed 1,000 or more jobs from March 2012 to March 2013. Government experienced the largest decrease in employment, losing 4,000 jobs, followed by professional and business services (-2,000) and manufacturing (-1,000).

Nonfarm employment is a compiled name for goods-producing, construction and manufacturing companies in the US. It does not include farm workers, private household employees, non-profit organization employees, or government employees.

Here is a link to the tables of data for the U.S., state, metropolitan area, and counties (where available): http://www.bls.gov/ro7/summaries.htm

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