Payroll employment up by 200,000 in January 2018

February 06, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 200,000 in January 2018 and increased 2.1 million over the year. Over the month, employment continued to trend up in construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.

12-month and 1-month changes in nonfarm payroll employment compared with prior 3-, 6-, and 12-month averages and other periods, seasonally adjusted, January 2018
Industry 12-month change(p) 1-month change(p) Change from Nov. 2017 to Dec. 2017(p) Change from Oct. 2017 to Nov. 2017 Prior 3-month avg.(p) Prior 6-month avg.(p) Prior 12-month avg.(p)

Mining and logging

58,000 6,000 1,000 6,000 2,700 3,000 4,300

Construction

226,000 36,000 33,000 42,000 30,700 20,500 20,100

Manufacturing

186,000 15,000 21,000 30,000 23,700 18,700 15,800

Wholesale trade

73,800 9,800 10,100 10,000 9,200 7,600 5,800

Retail trade

-36,000 15,400 -25,600 27,200 2,700 2,100 -2,400

Transportation and warehousing

148,700 11,100 11,600 12,100 12,500 13,200 11,500

Utilities

-3,500 -1,400 300 100 100 0 -200

Information

-37,000 -6,000 -1,000 -4,000 -1,700 -2,800 -2,800

Financial activities

121,000 9,000 6,000 9,000 8,000 10,000 11,700

Professional and business services

448,000 23,000 25,000 16,000 33,700 37,200 37,700

Education and health services

470,000 38,000 39,000 38,000 30,700 35,200 38,900

Leisure and hospitality

342,000 35,000 37,000 20,000 55,700 26,500 30,000

Other services

102,000 6,000 8,000 11,000 12,000 7,700 9,300

Government

15,000 4,000 -6,000 -1,000 -4,300 0 1,500
Footnotes:

 

(p) = preliminary.

Construction added 36,000 jobs in January, with most of the increase occurring among specialty trade contractors (+26,000). Employment in residential building construction continued to trend up over the month (+5,000). Over the year, construction employment increased by 226,000.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+31,000). The industry added 255,000 jobs over the past 12 months. 

Employment in health care continued to trend up in January (+21,000), with a gain of 13,000 in hospitals. In 2017, health care added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.

In January, employment in manufacturing remained on an upward trend (+15,000). Durable goods industries added 18,000 jobs. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing added 186,000 jobs.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, professional and business services, and government, changed little over the month.

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 — January 2018" (HTML) (PDF). For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up by 200,000 in January 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/payroll-employment-up-by-200000-in-january-2018.htm (visited February 22, 2018).

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