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BGSF October 2023 Jobs Report: A Cooler Labor Market

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


BGSF 2023 Ocober Jobs Report Summary

The October 2023 Jobs Report showed that the labor market cooled slightly, with 150,000 jobs added, below expectations. However, the unemployment rate remained low, at 3.9%.


Key Takeaways

  • Job growth: 150,000 jobs added in October, below expectations

  • Unemployment rate: 3.9%, up from 3.8% in September

  • Wage growth: 0.2% on a monthly basis, 4.1% over last year

  • Sectoral performance: Leisure and hospitality, retail, and transportation and warehousing flattened out; construction, professional and business services, and government added jobs



The October Jobs Report showed a mixed picture of the labor market. On the one hand, job growth was below expectations, and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly. On the other hand, wage growth remained strong, and employment in some key sectors, such as construction and professional and business services, continued to trend upwards.


One of the most notable aspects of the report was the slowdown in job growth in the leisure and hospitality, retail, and transportation and warehousing sectors. These sectors have been among the strongest drivers of job growth in recent months, but they appear to be cooling off now. This could be a sign that the consumer economy is starting to slow down.


Another notable aspect of the report was the strength of job growth in the government sector. Government employment has returned to its pre-pandemic level, and it is adding jobs at a steady pace. This is a positive sign for the overall economy, as government spending can help to boost demand and create jobs. Overall, the October Jobs Report suggests that the labor market is cooling slightly, but it remains strong overall. Wage growth remains robust, and employment in some key sectors is continuing to trend upwards.


What the October 2023 Jobs Report means for job seekers and employers

The October 2023 Jobs Report suggests that the labor market is cooling slightly, but it is still relatively strong. The unemployment rate is still low, and wages are rising. However, the fact that job growth was lower than expected in October and that the unemployment rate rose is a sign that the labor market is tightening.


For job seekers, this means that it may be more difficult to find a job in the coming months. However, there are still many jobs available, and wages are rising. Job seekers should focus on networking and developing their skills to make themselves more competitive in the job market.

For employers, this means that they may need to offer higher salaries and benefits to attract and retain employees. They may also need to be more flexible with their work arrangements and offer more training and development opportunities to keep their employees engaged.


Overall, the October 2023 Jobs Report is a mixed bag. It shows that the labor market is cooling slightly, but it is still relatively strong. Job seekers should focus on networking and developing their skills, while employers should offer competitive salaries and benefits to attract and retain employees.

Tips for job seekers in a cooling labor market
  • Network with people in your field. Attend industry events, connect with people on LinkedIn, and reach out to former colleagues.

  • Develop your skills. Take online courses, attend workshops, or volunteer to gain new skills.

  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to each job you apply for. Highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant to each job.

  • Practice your interviewing skills. Ask a friend or family member to help you practice answering common interview questions.

  • Be patient. It may take longer to find a job in a cooling labor market, but don't give up. Keep applying for jobs and networking with people in your field.

Tips for employers in a cooling labor market
  • Offer competitive salaries and benefits. Employees are more likely to stay with a company that offers them a competitive salary and benefits package.

  • Be flexible with your work arrangements. Employees are more likely to work for a company that offers them flexibility in their work arrangements, such as the ability to work remotely or have flexible hours.

  • Offer training and development opportunities. Employees are more likely to stay with a company that invests in their training and development.

  • Create a positive work environment. Employees are more likely to stay with a company that has a positive work

"I am pleased to see that local and state government employment has returned to its pre-pandemic level. This is a sign that the economy is recovering and that local and state governments are able to provide essential services to their communities. I am also encouraged by the fact that job growth in local and state government has been averaging 50,000 per month over the past year. This shows that local and state governments are committed to creating jobs and supporting the economy. BGSF Professional is proud to partner with HGACBuy to help local and state governments quickly ramp up their workforce through their expedited procurement process.", Eric Peters, President of BGSF Professional division

Peters is encouraged by the continued growth in government employment, particularly in the local and state government sectors and believes that this growth is creating new opportunities for BGSF Professional Services, through their partnership with HGACBuy. BGSF Professional Services is proud to help local and state governments quickly ramp up their workforce through their expedited hiring process and their access to a wide pool of qualified candidates.

Kelly Brown, President of BGSF Property Management Division, believes that the multifamily real estate industry is benefiting from higher interest rates. "As new home sales are challenged by higher mortgage rates. This is because multifamily housing is a more affordable option for many people, especially first-time homebuyers. As a result, we are seeing strong demand for multifamily housing, and we expect this trend to continue in the coming months. To help maximize on the human capital investment made by our clients, we continue to work closely with our candidates by highlighting the skill set that is in highest demand in the market, and also work with our client partners to search and hire based on the specific skills that will bring the quickest return to their portfolio. "

She notes that this is because new home sales are challenged by higher mortgage rates, making multifamily housing a more affordable option for many people. As a result, Brown expects to see strong demand for multifamily housing in the coming months, which is good news for property managers.

BGSF is a leading provider of professional and property management staffing and workforce solutions, with a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we are proud to have a team of experienced and dedicated workforce professionals who are passionate about helping our clients succeed. If you are looking for a professional or managed services partner that can help you achieve your business goals, contact BGSF today.

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