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Employment in Charleston metro area up 6.1 percent for year ended in October 2023

December 08, 2023

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 52 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 337 areas from October 2022 to October 2023. Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina had the largest percentage gain in employment, at 6.1 percent, followed by Midland, Texas (5.1 percent).

Metropolitan areas with a statistically significant change in nonfarm employment, October 2022 to October 2023
Metropolitan area October 2022 employment October 2023 employment Change Percentage change

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

402,300 426,800 24,500 6.1

Midland, TX

115,800 121,700 5,900 5.1

Boise City, ID

386,900 404,400 17,500 4.5

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

340,100 355,100 15,000 4.4

Salinas, CA

145,600 152,000 6,400 4.4

Idaho Falls, ID

79,500 82,900 3,400 4.3

Jacksonville, FL

786,000 817,200 31,200 4.0

Dover, DE

71,300 74,000 2,700 3.8

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

293,400 304,500 11,100 3.8

Knoxville, TN

434,600 450,600 16,000 3.7

Lexington-Fayette, KY

291,000 301,900 10,900 3.7

Raleigh, NC

714,500 741,100 26,600 3.7

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

303,000 313,800 10,800 3.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

4,183,800 4,332,500 148,700 3.6

Rochester, MN

123,500 127,900 4,400 3.6

Huntsville, AL

267,500 276,900 9,400 3.5

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

1,114,400 1,153,900 39,500 3.5

Manchester, NH

115,200 119,200 4,000 3.5

Ann Arbor, MI

231,600 239,500 7,900 3.4

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

286,300 295,500 9,200 3.2

Reno, NV

267,400 275,900 8,500 3.2

Trenton, NJ

291,100 300,300 9,200 3.2

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

359,400 369,900 10,500 2.9

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

1,144,900 1,178,100 33,200 2.9

Austin-Round Rock, TX

1,304,300 1,340,200 35,900 2.8

Baton Rouge, LA

417,000 428,800 11,800 2.8

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

562,700 578,700 16,000 2.8

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

3,064,700 3,149,600 84,900 2.8

Anchorage, AK

175,400 180,100 4,700 2.7

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

305,700 314,000 8,300 2.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2,852,900 2,930,400 77,500 2.7

New Haven, CT

302,700 310,800 8,100 2.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

2,816,600 2,890,200 73,600 2.6

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

1,160,000 1,190,100 30,100 2.6

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1,503,100 1,540,600 37,500 2.5

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

1,332,000 1,364,300 32,300 2.4

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1,150,300 1,178,400 28,100 2.4

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

1,403,400 1,436,000 32,600 2.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

3,312,900 3,389,500 76,600 2.3

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

1,148,100 1,174,300 26,200 2.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2,130,400 2,179,100 48,700 2.3

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1,081,000 1,104,800 23,800 2.2

Salt Lake City, UT

814,600 832,700 18,100 2.2

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

3,031,600 3,096,500 64,900 2.1

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

1,421,300 1,450,100 28,800 2.0

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

1,245,900 1,270,900 25,000 2.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

6,313,100 6,424,400 111,300 1.8

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

3,343,700 3,403,800 60,100 1.8

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

9,984,900 10,150,200 165,300 1.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

2,350,800 2,391,500 40,700 1.7

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1,556,200 1,582,700 26,500 1.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2,506,600 2,540,800 34,200 1.4

Note: Data are not seasonally adjusted.

An additional five metro areas had over-the-year percentage increases of at least 4.0 percent: Boise City, Idaho (4.5 percent), Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina (4.4 percent), Salinas, California (4.4 percent), Idaho Falls, Idaho (4.3 percent), and Jacksonville, Florida (4.0 percent).

The largest metropolitan area employment increases from October 2022 to October 2023 occurred in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (165,300), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (148,700), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (111,300).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — October 2023." Also see charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in Charleston metro area up 6.1 percent for year ended in October 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/employment-in-charleston-metro-area-up-6-1-percent-for-year-ended-in-october-2023.htm (visited May 18, 2024).

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