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Payroll employment rose 2.6 million in 2018

January 08, 2019

From December 2017 to December 2018, payroll employment rose by 2.6 million (1.8 percent), compared with a gain of 2.2 million for the previous 12 months.

Change in nonfarm payroll employment, by industry, seasonally adjusted, December 2017 to December 2018
Industry 12-month net change 12-month percent change Statistically significant?

Total nonfarm

2,638,000 1.8% Yes

Mining and logging

60,000 8.6 Yes


280,000 4.0 Yes


284,000 2.3 Yes

Wholesale trade

88,900 1.5 Yes

Retail trade

91,600 0.6 Yes

Transportation and warehousing

189,800 3.6 Yes


-200 0.0 No


-16,000 –0.6 No

Financial activities

110,000 1.3 Yes

Professional and business services

583,000 2.8 Yes

Education and health services

517,000 2.2 Yes

Leisure and hospitality

306,000 1.9 Yes

Other services

70,000 1.2 Yes


74,000 0.3 No

The construction industry added 280,000 jobs in 2018 (4.0 percent), compared with an increase of 250,000 in 2017. Manufacturing employment increased by 284,000 over the year (2.3 percent), with about three-fourths of the gain in durable goods.

Retail trade employment increased by 92,000 in 2018 (0.6 percent), after little net change in 2017 (–29,000). Employment in education and health services increased by 517,000 in 2018 (2.2 percent), with health care adding 346,000 jobs following a gain of 284,000 the previous year.

Professional and business services continued its upward trend in 2018, adding 583,000 jobs over the year (2.8 percent), compared with 458,000 in 2017. 

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "The Employment Situation — December 2018" to learn more. For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment rose 2.6 million in 2018 at (visited May 24, 2024).

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