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March 2012, Vol. 135, No. 3
Payroll employment growth accelerates in 2011
Parth A. Tikiwala and Frank Conlon
This essay was prepared by Parth A. Tikiwala and Frank Conlon. They are both economists within the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Email: Tikiwala.Parth@bls.gov and phone: (202) 691-5483 and email: Conlon.Frank@bls.gov and phone: (202) 691-6258.
In 2011, nonfarm payroll employment experienced its largest increase since 2006. Employment increased 1.8 million, or 1.4 percent, over the year. Within the private sector, job gains averaged 175,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 104,000 in 2010. In contrast, government employment losses accelerated and averaged 22,000 per month in 2011, compared with 18,000 per month the year before. Every other major industry expanded payrolls in 2011, except the information industry, which continued its downward trajectory, marking its 11th successive year of job losses.
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Current Employment Statistics
Payroll employment turns the corner in 2010.—Mar. 2011.
Payroll employment in 2009: job losses continue.—Mar. 2010.
Substantial job losses in 2008: weakness broadens and deepens across industries.—Mar. 2009.
Payroll employment in 2007: the slowdown.—Mar. 2008.
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