Payroll employment increases in November 2012

December 10, 2012

In November, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 146,000. Since the beginning of this year, employment growth has averaged 151,000 per month, about the same as the average monthly job gain of 153,000 in 2011.

Nonfarm payroll employment over-the-month change, seasonally adjusted, November 2010–November 2012
MonthEmployment change

Nov 2010

121,000

Dec 2010

120,000

Jan 2011

110,000

Feb 2011

220,000

Mar 2011

246,000

Apr 2011

251,000

May 2011

54,000

Jun 2011

84,000

Jul 2011

96,000

Aug 2011

85,000

Sep 2011

202,000

Oct 2011

112,000

Nov 2011

157,000

Dec 2011

223,000

Jan 2012

275,000

Feb 2012

259,000

Mar 2012

143,000

Apr 2012

68,000

May 2012

87,000

Jun 2012

45,000

Jul 2012

181,000

Aug 2012

192,000

Sep 2012

132,000

Oct 2012

138,000(p)

Nov 2012

146,000(p)

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

Retail trade employment rose by 53,000 in November and has increased by 140,000 over the past 3 months. Over the month, job gains occurred in clothing and clothing accessory stores (+33,000), in general merchandise stores (+10,000), and in electronics and appliance stores (+9,000). Employment in miscellaneous store retailers decreased by 13,000.

In November, employment in professional and business services rose by 43,000. Employment continued to increase in computer systems design and related services.

One-month change in payroll employment, by industry, November 2012
IndustryChange in payroll employment (p)

Retail trade

52,600

Professional and business services

43,000

Leisure and hospitality

23,000

Education and health services

18,000

Wholesale trade

13,100

Information

12,000

Mining and logging

5,000

Transportation and warehousing

3,500

Other services

3,000

Financial activities

1,000

Government

-1,000

Manufacturing

-7,000

Construction

-20,000

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

Health care (part of education and health services) employment continued to increase in November (+20,000), with gains in hospitals (+8,000) and in nursing care facilities (+5,000). Health care has added an average of 26,000 jobs per month this year.

Employment in construction declined by 20,000 in November, with much of the loss occurring in construction of buildings (−11,000).

Manufacturing employment changed little over the month. Within the industry, job losses in food manufacturing (−12,000) and chemicals (−9,000) more than offset gains in motor vehicles and parts (+10,000) and wood products (+3,000).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2012," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-12-2366. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: November 2012 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Payroll employment increases in November 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121210.htm (visited August 02, 2014).

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