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Nonfarm employment rises 2.4 million from July 2015 to July 2016

August 08, 2016

Nonfarm employment rose by 2.4 million from July 2015 to July 2016, a gain of 1.7 percent. Employment in the private sector rose by 2.3 million over the year. The largest job gains over the year were in education and health services (639,000), professional and business services (550,000), and leisure and hospitality (421,000). Mining and logging lost 130,000 jobs over the year, and manufacturing employment was down 31,000 jobs. Employment in federal, state, and local government rose by 154,000 from July 2015 to July 2016.



Employment and average hourly earnings by industry for all private sector employees, seasonally adjusted, July 2016
Industry Over-the-year change in employment Average hourly earnings Employment level

Total private

2,293,000 $25.69 122,272,000

Mining and logging

-130,000 31.94 682,000


215,000 28.20 6,652,000


-31,000 26.00 12,305,000

Wholesale trade

46,100 29.65 5,922,000

Retail trade

289,300 17.87 15,960,000

Transportation and warehousing

38,400 23.33 4,895,400


5,900 38.50 565,600


27,000 36.54 2,783,000

Financial activities

162,000 32.47 8,299,000

Professional and business services

550,000 30.88 20,257,000

Education and health services

639,000 25.70 22,714,000

Leisure and hospitality

421,000 14.92 15,546,000

Other services

60,000 22.88 5,691,000

Average hourly earnings for all employees in the private sector were $25.69 in July 2016. That was about the same as the average for education and health services ($25.70). Average hourly earnings in professional and business services were $30.88, while average earnings in leisure and hospitality were $14.92. Average hourly earnings in mining and logging were $31.94 in July, while those in manufacturing were $26.00.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — July 2016" (HTML) (PDF). All data in this article are preliminary. More charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: July 2016; for additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment rises 2.4 million from July 2015 to July 2016 at (visited June 14, 2024).

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