Nonfarm employment edged up 103,000 in March 2018

April 10, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in March 2018, following a large gain in February (+326,000). In March, employment grew in manufacturing, health care, and mining.

Monthly change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2013 to March 2018
Month 1-month change Average monthly change for the year

Jan 2013

207,000 192,000

Feb 2013

265,000 192,000

Mar 2013

156,000 192,000

Apr 2013

179,000 192,000

May 2013

240,000 192,000

Jun 2013

158,000 192,000

Jul 2013

111,000 192,000

Aug 2013

260,000 192,000

Sep 2013

201,000 192,000

Oct 2013

210,000 192,000

Nov 2013

221,000 192,000

Dec 2013

93,000 192,000

Jan 2014

174,000 250,000

Feb 2014

182,000 250,000

Mar 2014

261,000 250,000

Apr 2014

311,000 250,000

May 2014

252,000 250,000

Jun 2014

306,000 250,000

Jul 2014

196,000 250,000

Aug 2014

226,000 250,000

Sep 2014

284,000 250,000

Oct 2014

255,000 250,000

Nov 2014

307,000 250,000

Dec 2014

251,000 250,000

Jan 2015

211,000 226,000

Feb 2015

267,000 226,000

Mar 2015

78,000 226,000

Apr 2015

282,000 226,000

May 2015

326,000 226,000

Jun 2015

191,000 226,000

Jul 2015

256,000 226,000

Aug 2015

164,000 226,000

Sep 2015

88,000 226,000

Oct 2015

351,000 226,000

Nov 2015

264,000 226,000

Dec 2015

234,000 226,000

Jan 2016

103,000 195,000

Feb 2016

257,000 195,000

Mar 2016

235,000 195,000

Apr 2016

174,000 195,000

May 2016

34,000 195,000

Jun 2016

285,000 195,000

Jul 2016

325,000 195,000

Aug 2016

175,000 195,000

Sep 2016

264,000 195,000

Oct 2016

140,000 195,000

Nov 2016

172,000 195,000

Dec 2016

180,000 195,000

Jan 2017

259,000 182,000

Feb 2017

200,000 182,000

Mar 2017

73,000 182,000

Apr 2017

175,000 182,000

May 2017

155,000 182,000

Jun 2017

239,000 182,000

Jul 2017

190,000 182,000

Aug 2017

221,000 182,000

Sep 2017

14,000 182,000

Oct 2017

271,000 182,000

Nov 2017

216,000 182,000

Dec 2017

175,000 182,000

Jan 2018

176,000 202,000

Feb 2018(p)

326,000 202,000

Mar 2018(p)

103,000 202,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

Employment in manufacturing rose by 22,000 in March. Employment in fabricated metal products increased over the month (+9,000). Over the year, manufacturing has added 232,000 jobs.

Employment change by industry, March 2018, seasonally adjusted
Industry 1-month net change 12-month net change

Mining and logging

8,000 62,000

Construction

-15,000 228,000

Manufacturing

22,000 232,000

Wholesale trade

11,400 85,600

Retail trade

-4,400 56,500

Transportation and warehousing

9,800 149,700

Utilities

4,000 3,000

Information

2,000 -49,000

Financial activities

2,000 136,000

Professional and business services

33,000 502,000

Education and health services

25,000 443,000

Leisure and hospitality

5,000 312,000

Other services

-1,000 88,000

Government

1,000 12,000

In March, health care added 22,000 jobs, about in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Employment continued to trend up over the month in ambulatory health care services (+16,000) and hospitals (+10,000).

Employment in mining and logging increased by 8,000 in March, with gains occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000) and in oil and gas extraction (+2,000).

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 — March 2018" (HTML) (PDF). We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment edged up 103,000 in March 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/nonfarm-employment-edged-up-103000-in-march-2018.htm (visited December 11, 2018).

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