Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Drive Data South
Payroll employment is expected to flatline in September as the number of hourly jobs disrupted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma offsets those created during the month. The hardest hit will be jobs in the service sector. We may also see a blow to manufacturing employment because some manufacturers were forced to close plants in response to electricity outages as well as a shortfall in the number of people who were able to get to work during the week of the survey for the employment report, which was September 12. Disruptions to the data from Irma will show up as greater than those of Harvey because it occurred closer to the survey week.