Job hunting? These 28 American cities added jobs during the pandemic

In February 2020, the month before the pandemic resulted in a nationwide state of emergency, 158.7 million Americans held jobs. In November, that number fell to 149.8 million – a 5.6% decline.

To identify the American cities adding the most jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the percent change in total employment from February 2020 to November 2020 in all U.S. metro areas. 

28. Johnson City, Tennessee
• Increase in employment: 0% 
• Total employment Feb. 2020: 88,912
• Total employment Nov. 2020: 88,917
• Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.7%
• Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.5%
• Fastest growing industry: Financial Activities (+2.2%)
• Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,762 (+1.9%)

27. Hinesville, Georgia
• Increase in employment: 0.1%
• Total employment Feb. 2020: 33,411
• Total employment Nov. 2020: 33,456
• Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.5%
• Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.2%
• Fastest growing industry: . (+.%)
• Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +693 (+2%)

26. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
• Increase in employment: 0.2%
• Total employment Feb. 2020: 328,676
• Total employment Nov. 2020: 329,321
• Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.4%
• Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4%
• Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+7.5%)
• Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +6,094 (+1.8%)

25. St. George, Utah
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 0.3%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 75,289
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 75,509
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.9%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.4%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Manufacturing (+5.7%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,475 (+1.9%)

24. Rome, Georgia
• Increase in employment: 0.3%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 42,931
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 43,060
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.6%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.8%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+3.8%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +678 (+1.5%)

23. Eugene, Oregon
• Increase in employment: 0.4%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 174,595
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 175,316
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.5%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 6.2%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Construction (+6.8%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +5,936 (+3.3%)

22. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin
• Increase in employment: 0.4%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 88,495
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 88,872
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.1%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.1%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+4.1%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,325 (+1.5%)

21. Fargo, North Dakota
• Increase in employment: 0.6%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 136,501
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 137,307
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.1%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.5%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Education and Health Services (+0.4%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,772 (+2%)

20. Logan, Utah
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 0.6%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 70,333
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 70,763
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 3%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Professional and Business Services (+6.6%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,183 (+1.6%)

19. Twin Falls, Idaho
• Increase in employment: 0.7%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 52,514
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 52,860
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.6%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.4%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: . (+.%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,389 (+2.6%)

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%)

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%)

16. Bismarck, North Dakota
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 1%
•​​​​​​​ 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%)

15. Jackson, Tennessee
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 1%
•​​​​​​​ 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%)

14. Lincoln, Nebraska
• Increase in employment: 1%
•​​​​​​​ 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%)

13. Sheboygan, Wisconsin
• Increase in employment: 1.3%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 60,034
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 60,832
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 2.9%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+3.3%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,527 (+2.5%)

12. Anchorage, Alaska
• Increase in employment: 1.4%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 181,996
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 184,477
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.2%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 8.1%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Professional and Business Services (+3.3%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +8,766 (+4.6%)

11. Cleveland, Tennessee
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 1.7%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 59,317
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 60,302
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.5%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Leisure and Hospitality (+8.2%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,026 (+3.3%)

10. Chattanooga, Tennessee
•​​​​​​​ Increase in employment: 1.7%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 269,570
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 274,120
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.3%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.5%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Education and Health Services (+4.8%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +8,175 (+2.9%)

9. Valdosta, Georgia
• Increase in employment: 1.8%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 62,025
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 63,170
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.3%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.3%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+12.6%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,548 (+4%)

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%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +1,531 (+3.5%)

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%)

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%)

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%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +4,155 (+4.2%)

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%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+18%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +3,115 (+3.9%)

3. Knoxville, Tennessee
• Increase in employment: 2.8%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 420,763
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 432,597
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3.2%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.8%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Professional and Business Services (+5.7%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +19,488 (+4.5%)

2. Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Increase in employment: 2.9%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 65,216
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 67,107
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.7%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 5.7%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+8%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,721 (+4%)

1. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
• Increase in employment: 3.1%
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Feb. 2020: 55,479
•​​​​​​​ Total employment Nov. 2020: 57,188
•​​​​​​​ Feb. 2020 unemployment rate: 3%
•​​​​​​​ Nov. 2020 unemployment rate: 4.4%
•​​​​​​​ Fastest growing industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+8.1%)
•​​​​​​​ Labor force increase Feb.-Nov. 2020: +2,620 (+4.6%)

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