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The article originally stated that the professional and business services industry experienced the largest 12-month percent increase in employment among major industries. The article was corrected to show that the construction industry had the largest 12-month percent increase among major industries.

Nonfarm employment of women increased 2.3 percent over the year ending September 2016

October 11, 2016

Over the year ending September 2016, the number of women employees on nonfarm payrolls increased 2.3 percent. This increase was larger than the 1.7-percent increase in total employment over the same time period. Women represented 1,628,000 of the 2,447,000 total jobs gained between September 2015 and September 2016, or about two-thirds.

Percent change of women on nonfarm payrolls by industry, September 2015 to September 2016, seasonally adjusted
Industry 12-month percent change, women(p) 12-month percent change, total(p) Net change, women(p)

Total nonfarm

2.3 1.7 1,628,000

Total private

2.6 1.9 1,501,000

Mining and logging

-9.0 -13.8 -10,000

Construction

2.3 3.4 19,000

Manufacturing

0.5 -0.4 17,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

2.5 1.6 270,000

Information

0.5 0.3 5,000

Financial activities

1.9 2.0 88,000

Professional and business services

3.7 2.9 327,000

Education and health services

2.9 2.7 490,000

Leisure and hospitality

2.9 2.4 229,000

Other services

2.2 1.6 66,000

Government

1.0 0.7 127,000
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

From September 2015 to September 2016, among major industries, women experienced the largest percentage increase in employment in professional and business services (3.7 percent). Over the same period, the largest percentage decrease in women's employment occurred in mining and logging (−9.0 percent). During that period, construction experienced the largest percentage increase in employment for all employees (3.4 percent), while mining and logging experienced the largest decrease (−13.8 percent).  

Women recorded the largest net gain in employment in education and health services (490,000) over the year ending September 2016. This gain represented about 81 percent of the increase in total employment in education and health services (608,000). While total employment in manufacturing declined 0.4 percent for the year ending September 2016, women's employment in the industry grew by 0.5 percent. 

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 — September 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: September 2016; for additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment of women increased 2.3 percent over the year ending September 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/nonfarm-employment-of-women-increased-2-point-3-percent-over-the-year-ending-september-2016.htm (visited September 24, 2017).

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