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  -- latest official estimates for August 2009 to September 2010 with projections to December 2011

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Examine month-by-month labor force characteristics by county using the interactive ranking table presented below. This ranking table provides a variation of county labor force data shown in the annual change ranking table.

This page updates monthly. The ranking table is updated to show the most recent 14 months. The October preliminary labor force characteristics will be added on December 7, 2010.

Using the Interactive Ranking Table
  • Click on a column header to sort on that column; click column header again to sort in other direction.
  • Click ShowAll button to show all areas and restore full set of data view.
  • Click State to view counties in a selected state (click ShowAll between selections).
  • Find by Name: key in partial area name in text box to right of Find-in-Name button
      then click button to locate all matches (case sensitive).

To view the time series for a county, key in the exact spelling of the search text (to be performed on the County Name column) to the right of 'Find in Name' button and then click Find button. Click Show All button between searches. For example, clicking the Find-in-Name button with San Diego in the name box will show the time series for San Diego, CA. Some counties have the same name. For such situations, use the state+county FIPS code (shown in parentheses). For example, search on 48201 for Harris County, TX (Houston).

August 2009 - September 2010 County Employment-Unemployment Characteristics
  See related Ranking Tables Main Page

Employment and Unemployment Data Development and Concepts

Civilian labor force. Included are all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population classified as either employed or unemployed.

Employed persons. These are all persons who, during the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), (a) did any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family, or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job.

Unemployed persons. Included are all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment some time during the 4 week-period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

Unemployment rate. The ratio of unemployed to the civilian labor force expressed as a percent [i.e., 100 times (unemployed/labor force)].

Related Data Resources

County Labor Force Characteristics by Metro
View labor force trends and characteristics for individual metros with county breakouts.
  • MetroView: view metro Situation & Outlook reports.
  • Metro GIS Toolset: geospatial analysis of metro trends & patterns
  • Use Metro GIS Toolset with DMILab Tools

Monthly Projections through 2011; Annual Projections to 2020
Proximity develops county-level current demographic estimates and annual demographic projections to 2020 (through 2011 for monthly series). Updated monthly, these estimates and projections provide a continuously refreshed view of what is changing, where and by how much. See details describing the CTD1 data and updates.

Data Access and Data File Structure Content
See CountyTrends Dataset 1 for more information.

Additional Information
Proximity develops geodemographic-economic data and analytical tools and helps organizations knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. We develop custom demographic/economic estimates and projections, develop geographic and geocoded address files, and assist with impact and geospatial analyses. Wide-ranging organizations use our tools (software, data, methodologies) to analyze their own data integrated with other data. Contact Proximity (888-364-7656) with questions about data covered in this section or to discuss custom estimates, projections or analyses for your areas of interest.

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