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Gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in 10 industries over the quarter ending March 2019

November 01, 2019

Gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in 10 of 13 industries in the first quarter of 2019. The service-providing industries experienced a net job increase of 414,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2019. Within service-providing industries, education and health services had the largest over-the-quarter net job increase, with a gain of 152,000 jobs. This was the result of 1,003,000 gross job gains and 851,000 gross job losses. The leisure and hospitality sector had the second largest increase among service-providing industries, with a net gain of 140,000 jobs.

Private sector gross job gains and losses by industry, 4th quarter 2018 to 1st quarter 2019
Industry Gross job gains Gross job losses

Total private

7,375,000 6,850,000

Natural resources and mining

243,000 242,000

Construction

698,000 614,000

Manufacturing

402,000 376,000

Wholesale trade

258,000 243,000

Retail trade

905,000 863,000

Transportation and warehousing

281,000 346,000

Utilities

12,000 13,000

Information

175,000 145,000

Financial activities

362,000 343,000

Professional and business services

1,318,000 1,318,000

Education and health services

1,003,000 851,000

Leisure and hospitality

1,338,000 1,198,000

Other services

299,000 276,000

The goods-producing industries experienced a net job increase of 111,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2019. Of the goods-producing industries, construction experienced a net increase of 84,000 jobs, manufacturing added 26,000 jobs, and natural resources and mining showed a net gain of 1,000 jobs. Gross job gains from opening and expanding private-sector establishments were 7.4 million, a decrease of 393,000 jobs from the previous quarter. Gross job losses from closing and contracting private-sector establishments were 6.9 million, a decrease of 107,000 jobs from the previous quarter.

These data are from the Business Employment Dynamics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Business Employment Dynamics — First Quarter 2019." Also see charts related to the latest "Business Employment Dynamics" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in 10 industries over the quarter ending March 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/gross-job-gains-exceeded-gross-job-losses-in-10-industries-over-the-quarter-ending-march-2019.htm (visited September 30, 2020).

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