Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased by 350 in September to 16,280 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 410 jobs was expected for the month, but the county’s total nonfarm employment dropped by only 60. The private sector cut 170 jobs and net government employment rose by 110. Retail trade lost 60 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector shed 40 jobs. Local government education added 160 jobs as the school year began.
Other industries had smaller changes. September’s total nonfarm employment numbers show a loss of 2,710 jobs compared with one year before, a decrease of 13.9 percent. Almost every major industry lost jobs over the year. Leisure and hospitality accounted for most of the drop with a loss of 1,050 jobs, down 20.8 percent from the year before. Lincoln County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from last month. It was 10.6 percent in September, down from 11.4 percent in August. It was 4.0 percent the year before. The statewide unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in September, and the national rate was 7.9 percent.