BLS: Dayton manufacturing grew 4 percent in past year

The latest federal numbers show that manufacturing employment grew four percent in the past year in the Dayton U.S. Census area.

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, manufacturing employment, the Dayton area — defined by the federal government as Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties — grew by 1,700 jobs from October 2017 to October 2018, or four percent.

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Total non-farm jobs grew by 4,500 in those counties, according to the BLS, with the education and health services category leading with growth of about 3,000 jobs from October 2017 to October 2018, a 3.9 percent increase.

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Trade, transportation and utility jobs grew by 1,500 jobs over that year. Government shed about 2,400 jobs, a 3.8 percent decrease.

Unemployment in the Dayton area is pegged at 4.2 percent, slightly higher than the 3.9 percent national rate. In Montgomery County, the October 2018 jobless rate was 4.4 percent, the same as the previous October.

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