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Net employment gain of 792,000 private-sector jobs during the fourth quarter of 2019

August 04, 2020

From September 2019 to December 2019, job gains at opening and expanding private-sector establishments numbered 7.8 million; this was an increase of 490,000 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private-sector establishments were 7.0 million, a decrease of 291,000 jobs from the previous quarter. The difference between job gains and job losses yielded a net employment gain of 792,000 jobs during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Job gains, job losses, and net employment change, First Quarter 2009–Fourth Quarter 2019
Quarter Job gains Job losses Net employment change

Mar 2009

5,918,000 -8,598,000 -2,680,000

Jun 2009

6,425,000 -8,092,000 -1,667,000

Sep 2009

6,399,000 -7,248,000 -849,000

Dec 2009

6,665,000 -6,929,000 -264,000

Mar 2010

6,325,000 -6,572,000 -247,000

Jun 2010

6,995,000 -6,297,000 698,000

Sep 2010

6,741,000 -6,504,000 237,000

Dec 2010

7,052,000 -6,486,000 566,000

Mar 2011

6,540,000 -6,206,000 334,000

Jun 2011

6,966,000 -6,384,000 582,000

Sep 2011

7,205,000 -6,364,000 841,000

Dec 2011

6,865,000 -6,530,000 335,000

Mar 2012

7,080,000 -6,132,000 948,000

Jun 2012

7,051,000 -6,435,000 616,000

Sep 2012

6,881,000 -6,629,000 252,000

Dec 2012

7,110,000 -6,415,000 695,000

Mar 2013

6,941,000 -6,383,000 558,000

Jun 2013

7,152,000 -6,478,000 674,000

Sep 2013

7,058,000 -6,551,000 507,000

Dec 2013

7,255,000 -6,555,000 700,000

Mar 2014

6,953,000 -6,534,000 419,000

Jun 2014

7,454,000 -6,559,000 895,000

Sep 2014

7,247,000 -6,670,000 577,000

Dec 2014

7,617,000 -6,579,000 1,038,000

Mar 2015

7,040,000 -6,824,000 216,000

Jun 2015

7,580,000 -6,742,000 838,000

Sep 2015

7,340,000 -6,874,000 466,000

Dec 2015

7,827,000 -6,859,000 968,000

Mar 2016

7,144,000 -6,902,000 242,000

Jun 2016

7,448,000 -7,143,000 305,000

Sep 2016

7,709,000 -6,975,000 734,000

Dec 2016

7,436,000 -7,085,000 351,000

Mar 2017

7,420,000 -6,771,000 649,000

Jun 2017

7,623,000 -7,150,000 473,000

Sep 2017

7,317,000 -7,385,000 -68,000

Dec 2017

7,814,000 -6,859,000 955,000

Mar 2018

7,484,000 -6,777,000 707,000

Jun 2018

7,655,000 -7,254,000 401,000

Sep 2018

7,499,000 -7,432,000 67,000

Dec 2018

7,768,000 -6,957,000 811,000

Mar 2019

7,375,000 -6,850,000 525,000

Jun 2019

7,605,000 -7,423,000 182,000

Sep 2019

7,341,000 -7,330,000 11,000

Dec 2019

7,831,000 -7,039,000 792,000

Over the past ten years, the quarterly change in the number of jobs has ranged from a loss of 2.7 million jobs (in the first quarter of 2009) to a gain of approximately 1.0 million jobs (in the last quarter of 2014, 2015 and 2017).

These data are from the Business Employment Dynamics program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Business Employment Dynamics — Fourth 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, Net employment gain of 792,000 private-sector jobs during the fourth quarter of 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/net-employment-gain-of-792000-private-sector-jobs-during-the-fourth-quarter-of-2019.htm (visited October 01, 2020).

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