Labor Market Explorer for US Metropolitan Areas

The Labor Market Explorer is a set of dynamic and interactive maps of US metropolitan areas that allow users to track employment changes across eight major economic sectors: education and health services, financial activities, government, information, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, professional and business services, and trade, transportation, and utilities. The maps show monthly and yearly changes in the employment rates across each metropolitan area since January 2020. They also indicate the governing party of the area and provide updates on state lockdown and stay-at-home orders.


Interactive Maps

Source: Moody’s Analytics; Milken Institute


What does each industry sector include?


  • Education and health services include social assistance services such as individual and family services, emergency and other relief services, vocational rehabilitation services, and child daycare services.
  • Financial activities include monetary authorities—central bank; credit intermediation and related activities; securities, commodity contracts, investments, and funds and trusts; insurance carriers and related activities; real estate; rental and leasing services; and lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets.
  • Government includes federal, state, and local government jobs.
  • Information includes publishing industries (except the Internet); motion picture and sound recording industries; broadcasting (except Internet); telecommunications; data processing, hosting and related services; and other information services.
  • Leisure and hospitality include arts, entertainment, and recreation (performing arts and spectator sports; museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks; amusements, gambling, and recreation), accommodation and food services (accommodation; food services and drinking places), and other services (repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; membership associations and organizations).
  • Manufacturing includes wood products; nonmetallic mineral products; primary metals; fabricated metal products; machinery; computer and electronic products; electrical equipment and appliances; transportation equipment; furniture and related products; miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing; food manufacturing; textile mills; textile product mills; apparel; paper and paper products; printing and related support activities; petroleum and coal products; chemicals; plastics and rubber products; and miscellaneous nondurable goods manufacturing.
  • Professional and business services include professional and technical services (legal services; accounting and bookkeeping services; architectural and engineering services; specialized design services; computer systems design and related services; management and technical consulting services; scientific research and development services; advertising and related services; and other professional and technical services), and management of companies, enterprises, and administrative and waste services (administrative and support services and waste management and remediation services).
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities include wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and utilities.


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Data sources and raw data can be found on our GitHub page. For questions and comments: