April 05, 2011
In March, employment in the service-providing sector continued to expand, led by a gain of 78,000 in professional and business services.
Health care employment, which is part of education and health services, continued to increase in March (+37,000). Over the last 12 months, health care has added 283,000 jobs, or an average of 24,000 jobs per month.
Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 37,000 over the month, with more than two-thirds of the increase in food services and drinking places (+27,000).
Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in March (+17,000). Job gains were concentrated in two durable goods industries—fabricated metal products (+8,000) and machinery (+5,000). Employment in durable goods manufacturing has risen by 243,000 since its most recent low in December 2009.
Employment in mining increased by 14,000 in March, with much of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+9,000).
Employment in local government continued to trend down over the month, declining by 15,000 in March. Local government has lost 416,000 jobs since an employment peak in September 2008.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. The data are seasonally adjusted and preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation – March 2011," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-11-0436.