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Payroll employment up by 245,000 in November; down 9.8 million since February 2020

December 08, 2020

From October 2020 to November 2020, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 245,000, below its February employment level by 9.8 million, or 6.5 percent. Notable job gains occurred over the month in transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, and health care. Employment declined in government and retail trade. 

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, October to November 2020 and since February 2020
Industry Change from Oct. 2020 Change from Feb. 2020 Nov. 2020 employment Oct. 2020 employment Feb. 2020 employment

Total nonfarm

245,000 -9,834,000 142,629,000 142,384,000 152,463,000

Total private

344,000 -8,521,000 121,197,000 120,853,000 129,718,000

Mining and logging

1,000 -90,000 624,000 623,000 714,000

Construction

27,000 -279,000 7,360,000 7,333,000 7,639,000

Manufacturing

27,000 -599,000 12,253,000 12,226,000 12,852,000

Wholesale trade

10,400 -280,900 5,653,300 5,642,900 5,934,200

Retail trade

-34,700 -549,900 15,122,100 15,156,800 15,672,000

Transportation and warehousing

145,000 -122,700 5,555,400 5,410,400 5,678,100

Utilities

-100 -7,400 538,700 538,800 546,100

Information

1,000 -280,000 2,614,000 2,613,000 2,894,000

Financial activities

15,000 -115,000 8,730,000 8,715,000 8,845,000

Professional and business services

60,000 -1,061,000 20,489,000 20,429,000 21,550,000

Education and health services

54,000 -1,256,000 23,330,000 23,276,000 24,586,000

Leisure and hospitality

31,000 -3,449,000 13,418,000 13,387,000 16,867,000

Other services

7,000 -432,000 5,509,000 5,502,000 5,941,000

Government

-99,000 -1,313,000 21,432,000 21,531,000 22,745,000

Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 145,000 in November 2020 but is 123,000 below its February 2020 level. In November, employment in professional and business services increased by 60,000 and is down by 1.1 million since February 2020.

Construction gained 27,000 jobs in November, but employment is 279,000 below its February level. In November, manufacturing employment increased by 27,000 and was 599,000 lower than in February.

In November, employment in professional and business services increased by 60,000. Employment in professional and business services is down by 1.1 million since February 2020. Financial activities added 15,000 jobs in November. Employment in the industry is 115,000 lower than in February.

Employment in wholesale trade continued to trend up in November (+10,000) but is 281,000 lower than in February. In November, retail trade lost 35,000 jobs. Employment in retail trade is 550,000 lower than in February.

Employment in leisure and hospitality changed little in November (+31,000) but is down by 3.4 million since February. Government employment declined for the third consecutive month, decreasing by 99,000 in November.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, information, and other services, showed little change in November.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2020." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the November data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up by 245,000 in November; down 9.8 million since February 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/payroll-employment-up-by-245000-in-november-down-9-point-8-million-since-february-2020.htm (visited August 04, 2021).

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