Nonfarm employment up 2.35 million, February 2016 to February 2017

March 13, 2017

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,350,000, or 1.6 percent, from February 2016 to February 2017. Over this 12-month period, the professional and business services industry added 597,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0 percent, while education and health services employment increased by 546,000, or 2.4 percent.
Employment by industry, February 2016 and February 2017, seasonally adjusted
Industry Employment, Feb 2016 Employment, Feb 2017 Over-the-year change Over-the-year change, in percent

Total nonfarm

143,448,000 145,798,000 2,350,000 1.6%

Total private

121,318,000 123,474,000 2,156,000 1.8

Goods-producing

19,747,000 19,943,000 196,000 1.0

Mining and logging

710,000 680,000 -30,000 -4.2

Construction

6,662,000 6,881,000 219,000 3.3

Manufacturing

12,375,000 12,382,000 7,000 0.1

Private service-providing

101,571,000 103,531,000 1,960,000 1.9

Wholesale trade

5,854,000 5,904,200 50,200 0.9

Retail trade

15,766,500 15,894,900 128,400 0.8

Transportation and warehousing

4,945,600 5,046,600 101,000 2.0

Utilities

556,900 555,300 -1,600 -0.3

Information

2,773,000 2,759,000 -14,000 -0.5

Financial activities

8,213,000 8,403,000 190,000 2.3

Professional and business services

19,902,000 20,499,000 597,000 3.0

Education and health services

22,408,000 22,954,000 546,000 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

15,488,000 15,794,000 306,000 2.0

Other services

5,664,000 5,721,000 57,000 1.0

Government

22,130,000 22,324,000 194,000 0.9

Federal

2,777,000 2,825,000 48,000 1.7

State

5,084,000 5,086,000 2,000 0.0

Local

14,269,000 14,413,000 144,000 1.0

Leisure and hospitality, which had an employment increase of 306,000 or 2.0 percent, and construction, which added 219,000 jobs or 3.3 percent, were the only other industry sectors with over-the-year increases above 200,000.

Construction and professional and business services were the only sectors that had employment increases of 3.0 percent or higher from February 2016 to February 2017. Four sectors (education and health services; financial activities; transportation and warehousing; and leisure and hospitality) had percentage increases of 2.0 percent to 2.4 percent.

Mining and logging had an employment decrease over the 12 months ending in February: a change of −30,000 or −4.2 percent.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2017" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation. Charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data can also be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: February 2017.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment up 2.35 million, February 2016 to February 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfarm-employment-up-2-point-35-million-february-2016-to-february-2017.htm (visited April 22, 2018).

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