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Private-sector employment up modestly in December

January 08, 2001

Private-sector payroll employment grew by just 49,000 in December (seasonally adjusted), with overall growth held down by declines in manufacturing, construction, and help supply services.

Over-the-month change in payroll employment, private industry, in thousands, Oct.-Dec. 2000 (seasonally adjusted)
[Chart data—TXT]

In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing employment fell by 62,000 in December, bringing its loss for the year to 178,000. Construction employment fell by 13,000 in December, affected for the second month in a row by adverse weather.

In the service-producing sector, employment in services rose by 81,000 over the month. Help supply services lost 58,000 jobs in December, its third consecutive monthly decline.

Over the last 3 months of 2000, total payroll employment gains averaged 77,000, compared with an average monthly gain of 187,000 during the first 9 months of the year and 229,000 a month for all of 1999.

These data are a product of the BLS Current Employment StatisticsProgram. Find out more in "The Employment Situation: December 2000," news release USDL 01-02.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Private-sector employment up modestly in December at (visited June 17, 2024).

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