Nonfarm employment up 2.1 million, or 1.4 percent, over the year ending December 2017

January 09, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,055,000 from December 2016 to December 2017, or 1.4 percent. Mining and logging added 59,000 jobs in 2017, an increase of 8.8 percent, while construction added 210,000 jobs, or 3.1 percent.

Over-the-year change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, December 2017, seasonally adjusted
Industry Over-the-year change Over-the-year change, in percent December 2017 employment

Total nonfarm

2,055,000 1.4% 147,380,000

Mining and logging

59,000 8.8 727,000

Construction

210,000 3.1 6,993,000

Manufacturing

196,000 1.6 12,539,000

Wholesale trade

70,800 1.2 5,959,200

Retail trade

-66,500 -0.4 15,814,500

Transportation and warehousing

74,300 1.5 5,122,300

Utilities

-4,400 -0.8 552,300

Information

-40,000 -1.4 2,722,000

Financial activities

134,000 1.6 8,498,000

Professional and business services

527,000 2.6 20,943,000

Education and health services

438,000 1.9 23,309,000

Leisure and hospitality

306,000 1.9 16,050,000

Other services

109,000 1.3 5,810,000

Government

42,000 0.2 22,341,000

Manufacturing added 196,000 jobs in 2017 (1.6 percent), following little net change in 2016 (-16,000). Employment in education and health services increased by 438,000 (1.9 percent) in 2017 while professional and business services employment increased by 527,000 (2.6 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2017" (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 up 2.1 million, or 1.4 percent, over the year ending December 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/nonfarm-employment-up-2-1-million-or-1-4-percent-over-the-year-ending-december-2017.htm (visited December 09, 2018).

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