In addition to measuring the number of employers supported by an economy, measuring the total number of jobs reflects the size and strength of those employers. It gives perspective on the number of employment opportunities that exist within the region. Additionally, the number of jobs can add nuance to unemployment rates. For example, increased unemployment coinciding with increased jobs may suggest that a larger portion of the employment opportunities are part time and people are working multiple jobs at the same time rather than more people getting full time jobs. This indicator measures the total number of jobs that exist in an area.
Between 2014 and 2015, the Pioneer Valley saw a slight increase in the number of jobs by 1.5 percent. This trend was seen in each county, with all three experiencing increases in the number of jobs throughout the year.