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Employment up 560,000 in professional and business services over the year ended September 2018

October 10, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,537,000 over the year ended September 2018, a gain of 1.7 percent. Employment in professional and business services increased by 560,000, or 2.7 percent, over the year.

12-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, by industry, September 2018, seasonally adjusted
Industry 12-month change in employment 12-month percent change in employment Statistically significant

Total nonfarm

2,537,000 1.7% Yes

Mining and logging

61,000 8.8 Yes


315,000 4.5 Yes


278,000 2.2 Yes

Wholesale trade

94,100 1.6 Yes

Retail trade

55,500 0.4

Transportation and warehousing

173,800 3.3 Yes


-3,200 -0.6


-17,000 -0.6

Financial activities

118,000 1.4 Yes

Professional and business services

560,000 2.7 Yes

Educational services

47,600 1.3

Health care and social assistance

405,600 2.1 Yes

Leisure and hospitality

296,000 1.8 Yes

Other services

84,000 1.5 Yes

Federal government

-9,000 -0.3 Yes

State government

24,000 0.5

Local government

54,000 0.4

Employment in health care and social assistance increased 406,000, a gain of 2.1 percent. Within health care and social assistance, employment in health care increased 301,500 over the past 12 months.

Construction employment added 315,000 jobs, which was a 4.5-percent increase.

Over the year, manufacturing added 278,000 jobs, an increase of 2.2 percent, with about four-fifths of the gain in durable goods manufacturing.

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 174,000, or 3.3 percent, over the past 12 months.

Mining and logging employment rose by 61,000, with all of the gain in mining. Employment in mining and logging increased 8.8 percent over the September 2017–September 2018 period, which was the largest percentage change among the major industries.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "The Employment Situation — September 2018" to learn more. For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 560,000 in professional and business services over the year ended September 2018 at (visited July 22, 2024).

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