Employment in the Dayton metro area increased by 2,100 jobs in October, rising to the highest level since January 2008, according to state labor market data released this week.
Hiring has been steady in the region, and the metro area’s unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent for the second consecutive month, the data show.
The metro area consists of Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties.
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In the metro area, nonfarm payrolls grew to 390,600 last month, which is the highest job total in nearly a decade, according to seasonally adjusted data.
Almost one-third of U.S. metro areas still have not returned to their pre-recession peak employment levels, including Dayton, according to a report released earlier this year by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The Dayton metro area lost 34,600 jobs during the downturn, and it is not projected to reach the pre-recession levels of employment until after 2022, based on the current rate of job growth, the report states.
The metro area employed 394,500 people in March 2007.