Special Report

American Cities That Added Jobs During the Pandemic

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8. Fairbanks, Alaska
> Increase in employment: 1.9%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 41,828
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 42,634
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.1%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 6.5%
> Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing (+20.0%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,531 (+3.5%)

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7. Morristown, Tennessee
> Increase in employment: 1.9%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 51,700
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 52,701
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.9%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.1%
> Fastest growing industry: Education and Health Services (+3.5%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,778 (+3.3%)

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6. Idaho Falls, Idaho
> Increase in employment: 2.4%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 72,094
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 73,812
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.2%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.7%
> Fastest growing industry: Leisure and Hospitality (+20.9%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,891 (+3.9%)

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5. Racine, Wisconsin
> Increase in employment: 2.5%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 94,004
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 96,327
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.3%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.9%
> Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+9.0%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +4,155 (+4.2%)

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4. Monroe, Louisiana
> Increase in employment: 2.7%
> Total employment Feb. 2020: 75,056
> Total employment Nov. 2020: 77,119
> Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.9%
> Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 7.0%
> Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+18.0%)
> Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +3,115 (+3.9%)