Nonfarm employment rose by 2,281,000 over the year ended February 2018

March 13, 2018

From February 2017 to February 2018, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,281,000, or 1.6 percent. Employment in mining and logging increased by 58,000 over the year, an increase of 8.9 percent, while construction added 254,000 jobs, or 3.7 percent.

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, seasonally adjusted, February 2017–February 2018
Industry February 2017 employment February 2018 employment(p) 12-month change(p) 12-month percent change(p)

Total nonfarm

145,896,000 148,177,000 2,281,000 1.6

Total private

123,587,000 125,819,000 2,232,000 1.8

Mining and logging

655,000 713,000 58,000 8.9

Construction

6,919,000 7,173,000 254,000 3.7

Manufacturing

12,390,000 12,614,000 224,000 1.8

Wholesale trade

5,885,300 5,956,200 70,900 1.2

Retail trade

15,891,200 15,926,200 35,000 0.2

Transportation and warehousing

5,115,800 5,263,400 147,600 2.9

Utilities

556,000 553,400 -2,600 -0.5

Information

2,810,000 2,748,000 -62,000 -2.2

Financial activities

8,404,000 8,547,000 143,000 1.7

Professional and business services

20,265,000 20,760,000 495,000 2.4

Education and health services

23,017,000 23,466,000 449,000 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

15,937,000 16,262,000 325,000 2.0

Other services

5,742,000 5,837,000 95,000 1.7

Government

22,309,000 22,358,000 49,000 0.2
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Professional and business services added 495,000 jobs (2.4 percent) from February 2017 to February 2018. Employment increased in manufacturing by 224,000 (1.8 percent) and in financial activities by 143,000 (1.7 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2018" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment rose by 2,281,000 over the year ended February 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/nonfarm-employment-rose-by-2281000-over-the-year-ended-february-2018.htm (visited December 12, 2018).

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