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Employment up by 295,000 in February and 3.3 million over the year

March 10, 2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 295,000 in February 2015, compared with an average monthly gain of 266,000 over the past year. Job gains in February occurred in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing. Over the year, total nonfarm employment increased by 3.3 million.


Over-the-month and over-the-year change in nonfarm payroll employment, by industry, seasonally adjusted, February 2015
Industry Employment Over-the-month change (p) Over-the-year change (p)

Total nonfarm

141,126,000 295,000 3,296,000

Leisure and hospitality

15,053,000 66,000 527,000

Education and health services

21,818,000 54,000 539,000

Professional and business services

19,500,000 51,000 660,000

Retail trade

15,557,100 32,000 318,900


6,353,000 29,000 321,000

Transportation and warehousing

4,758,000 18,500 192,200

Wholesale trade

5,901,200 11,700 113,400

Durable goods manufacturing

7,809,000 11,000 195,000

Financial activities

8,081,000 10,000 150,000

Other services

5,627,000 9,000 89,000


2,779,000 7,000 59,000


21,911,000 7,000 87,000


558,800 400 9,700

Nondurable goods manufacturing

4,521,000 -3,000 13,000

Mining and logging

899,000 -8,000 22,000

(p) Preliminary.

Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs in February. Within that industry, employment continued to trend up in management and technical consulting services, computer systems design and related services, and architectural and engineering services. Over the year, employment in professional and business services rose by 660,000.

Employment in construction increased by 29,000 jobs in February. Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 27,000, mostly among residential contractors. Over the past 12 months, construction added 321,000 jobs.

In February, transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs. Most of the gain occurred in couriers and messengers. Over the past 12 months, employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 192,000 jobs.

Retail trade employment continued to trend up in February. Since February 2014, employment increased by 319,000.

Employment in mining decreased by 9,000 in February, with most of the decline in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries changed little over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: February 2015.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up by 295,000 in February and 3.3 million over the year at (visited July 24, 2024).

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