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Nonfarm employment up 228,000 in November 2017

December 12, 2017

Nonfarm payroll employment rose 228,000 in November 2017. Employment increased by 2.1 million over the past 12 months. In November, employment continued to trend up in education and health services, professional and business services, and manufacturing.



1-month and 12-month changes in nonfarm employment by industry, November 2017, seasonally adjusted
Industry 1-month change 12-month change

Total nonfarm

228,000 2,071,000

Total private

221,000 2,024,000

Mining and logging

7,000 64,000


24,000 184,000


31,000 189,000

Wholesale trade

3,400 61,300

Retail trade

18,700 -22,700

Transportation and warehousing

10,500 89,200


-200 -3,200


-4,000 -65,000

Financial activities

8,000 150,000

Professional and business services

46,000 548,000

Education and health services

54,000 471,000

Leisure and hospitality

14,000 279,000

Other services

9,000 80,000


7,000 47,000

Private education and health services added 54,000 jobs over the month and 471,000 over the past 12 months. Within education and health services, ambulatory health care, which includes offices of physicians and outpatient care centers, accounted for 25,000 of the November increase.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in November, gaining 46,000 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the industry added 548,000 jobs.

Manufacturing added 31,000 jobs in November. Within the industry, employment rose in machinery (+8,000), fabricated metal products (+7,000), computer and electronic products (+4,000), and plastics and rubber products (+4,000). Since a recent low in November 2016, manufacturing employment has increased by 189,000.

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 — November 2017" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment up 228,000 in November 2017 at (visited July 15, 2024).

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