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Footnote: Weather sensitive sectors accounted for about half of the October job increases

The calculation for weather sensitive sectors in the payroll data indicated that nearly half of the jobs added in October were there.

Weather sensitive payrolls — construction plus retail plus transportation and warehousing minus (administration and waste minus temporary help) plus social assistance — was up 61,4000 out of the total 128,000, or 48% of the total. Disaster recovery, the first wave of seasonal hiring for the holiday shopping period, and demand for new housing even as the weather turns cooler all helped these sectors see gains.

 

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