Payroll employment in January 2013

February 04, 2013

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in January. In 2012, employment growth averaged 181,000 per month.

Nonfarm payroll employment over-the-month change, seasonally adjusted, January 2011–January 2013
MonthEmployment change

Jan 2011

69,000

Feb 2011

196,000

Mar 2011

205,000

Apr 2011

304,000

May 2011

115,000

Jun 2011

209,000

Jul 2011

78,000

Aug 2011

132,000

Sep 2011

225,000

Oct 2011

166,000

Nov 2011

174,000

Dec 2011

230,000

Jan 2012

311,000

Feb 2012

271,000

Mar 2012

205,000

Apr 2012

112,000

May 2012

125,000

Jun 2012

87,000

Jul 2012

153,000

Aug 2012

165,000

Sep 2012

138,000

Oct 2012

160,000

Nov 2012

247,000

Dec 2012

196,000(p)

Jan 2013

157,000(p)

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

Employment in retail trade rose by 32,600 in January, compared with an average monthly gain of 20,000 in 2012. Within the industry, job growth continued in motor vehicle and parts dealers (+6,600), electronics and appliance stores (+5,100), and clothing stores (+10,000).

In January, employment in construction increased by 28,000. Nearly all of the job growth occurred in specialty trade contractors (+26,200), with the gain about equally split between residential and nonresidential specialty trade contractors.

Health care (part of education and health services) continued to add jobs in January (+22,800). Within health care, job growth occurred in ambulatory health care services (+27,600), which includes doctors’ offices and outpatient care centers. This gain was partially offset by a loss of 8,400 jobs in nursing and residential care facilities.

One-month change in payroll employment, by industry, January 2013
IndustryChange in payroll employment (p)

Retail trade

32,600

Construction

28,000

Professional and business services

25,000

Education and health services

25,000

Leisure and hospitality

23,000

Wholesale trade

14,800

Information

9,000

Other services

8,000

Financial activities

6,000

Mining and logging

4,000

Manufacturing

4,000

Government

-9,000

Transportation and warehousing

-14,200

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary
 

Employment edged down in transportation and warehousing in January (−14,200). Couriers and messengers lost 18,500 jobs over the month, following strong seasonal hiring in November and December. Air transportation employment decreased by 4,900 in January.

Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in January and has changed little, on net, since July 2012.

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 — January 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0144. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: January 2013 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Payroll employment in January 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130204.htm (visited April 16, 2014).

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