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Payroll employment up 164,000, or 1.1 percent, in leisure and hospitality in October 2021

November 09, 2021

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 531,000 in October 2021, following increases of 312,000 in September and 483,000 in August. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 164,000, or 1.1 percent in October 2021, while employment in professional and business services rose by 100,000, or 0.5 percent.

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, October 2021
Industry Employment change since September 2021 Percent change since September 2021 Employment change since October 2020 Percent change since October 2020 Employment change since February 2020 Percent change since February 2020

Mining and logging

4,000 0.6% 57,000 9.6% -39,000 -5.7%

Construction

44,000 0.6 169,000 2.3 -150,000 -2.0

Manufacturing

60,000 0.5 374,000 3.1 -270,000 -2.1

Wholesale trade

13,500 0.2 150,100 2.7 -157,500 -2.7

Retail trade

35,300 0.2 338,300 2.2 -139,700 -0.9

Transportation and warehousing

54,400 0.9 384,300 6.9 148,900 2.6

Utilities

200 0.0 -3,400 -0.6 -10,700 -2.0

Information

10,000 0.4 142,000 5.4 -122,000 -4.2

Financial activities

21,000 0.2 136,000 1.6 7,000 0.1

Professional and business services

100,000 0.5 958,000 4.7 -215,000 -1.0

Education and health services

64,000 0.3 535,000 2.3 -795,000 -3.2

Leisure and hospitality

164,000 1.1 1,910,000 14.0 -1,383,000 -8.2

Other services

33,000 0.6 280,000 5.1 -169,000 -2.8

Government

-73,000 -0.3 343,000 1.6 -909,000 -4.0

In October 2021, government employment changed by −73,000 (or −0.3 percent), the only decrease among the major industries. Notable job gains also occurred in manufacturing, at 60,000 (+0.5 percent), and transportation and warehousing, at 54,400 (+0.9 percent).

Nonfarm employment was up by 18.2 million since April 2020 but is down by 4.2 million, or 2.8 percent, from its pre-pandemic level in February 2020. From February 2020 to October 2021, employment in leisure and hospitality decreased by 1.4 million (or −8.2 percent). Employment fell by 909,000 in government, 795,000 in education and health services, 270,000 in manufacturing, and 215,000 in professional and business services over this span. Since February 2020, employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 148,900, or 2.6 percent.

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 — October 2021." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data and the impact of the COVID−19 pandemic on the October data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 164,000, or 1.1 percent, in leisure and hospitality in October 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/payroll-employment-up-164000-or-1-1-percent-in-leisure-and-hospitality-in-october-2021.htm (visited July 05, 2022).

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