Special Report

American Cities That Added Jobs During the Pandemic

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18. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi
> Increase in employment: 0.7%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 155,847
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 156,881
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.4%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 6.8%
> Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+3.6%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +3,584 (+2.2%)

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17. Clarksville, Tennessee
> Increase in employment: 0.8%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 113,533
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 114,437
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.2%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.8%
> Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+8.4%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,919 (+2.5%)

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16. Bismarck, North Dakota
> Increase in employment: 1.0%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 66,170
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 66,811
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.4%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.8%
> Fastest growing industry: Financial Activities (+2.9%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,698 (+2.5%)

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15. Jackson, Tennessee
> Increase in employment: 1.0%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 63,140
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 63,780
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.5%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.6%
> Fastest growing industry: Professional and Business Services (+9.7%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,106 (+3.2%)

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14. Lincoln, Nebraska
> Increase in employment: 1.0%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 182,812
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 184,727
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.7%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.9%
> Fastest growing industry: Education and Health Services (+4.8%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,358 (+1.3%)