March 12, 2012
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent.
Employment rose in professional and businesses services, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and mining.
Professional and business services added 82,000 jobs in February. Just over half of the increase occurred in temporary help services.
Health care and social assistance employment (included in education and health services) rose by 61,000 over the month. Within health care, ambulatory care services and hospital employment both increased.
In February, employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 44,000, with nearly all of the increase in food services and drinking places.
Manufacturing employment rose by 31,000 in February. All of the increase occurred in durable goods manufacturing, with job gains in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, and furniture and related products.
The unemployment rate held at 8.3 percent in February. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent), adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.8 percent), whites (7.3 percent), blacks (14.1 percent), and Hispanics (10.7 percent) showed little or no change in February.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics and Current Population Survey programs. These data are seasonally adjusted. Employment data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2011," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-12-0402. More charts featuring employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: February 2012 (PDF).