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Payroll employment up 275,000 in February 2024

March 13, 2024

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 275,000 in February 2024. The February increase was above the average monthly gain of 230,000 over the prior 12 months. Since February 2023, the over-the-month change in employment has ranged from 146,000 to 303,000. Total nonfarm payroll employment has risen from 155.1 million in February 2023 to 157.8 million in February 2024.

Total nonfarm employment, January 2014–February 2024, seasonally adjusted
Month Total nonfarm employment 1-month change in employment

Jan 2014

137,551,000 184,000

Feb 2014

137,710,000 159,000

Mar 2014

137,987,000 277,000

Apr 2014

138,298,000 311,000

May 2014

138,500,000 202,000

Jun 2014

138,833,000 333,000

Jul 2014

139,076,000 243,000

Aug 2014

139,257,000 181,000

Sep 2014

139,564,000 307,000

Oct 2014

139,804,000 240,000

Nov 2014

140,088,000 284,000

Dec 2014

140,366,000 278,000

Jan 2015

140,562,000 196,000

Feb 2015

140,831,000 269,000

Mar 2015

140,925,000 94,000

Apr 2015

141,202,000 277,000

May 2015

141,539,000 337,000

Jun 2015

141,695,000 156,000

Jul 2015

141,989,000 294,000

Aug 2015

142,130,000 141,000

Sep 2015

142,265,000 135,000

Oct 2015

142,584,000 319,000

Nov 2015

142,810,000 226,000

Dec 2015

143,083,000 273,000

Jan 2016

143,196,000 113,000

Feb 2016

143,411,000 215,000

Mar 2016

143,666,000 255,000

Apr 2016

143,856,000 190,000

May 2016

143,901,000 45,000

Jun 2016

144,152,000 251,000

Jul 2016

144,515,000 363,000

Aug 2016

144,664,000 149,000

Sep 2016

144,961,000 297,000

Oct 2016

145,069,000 108,000

Nov 2016

145,188,000 119,000

Dec 2016

145,410,000 222,000

Jan 2017

145,636,000 226,000

Feb 2017

145,848,000 212,000

Mar 2017

145,976,000 128,000

Apr 2017

146,173,000 197,000

May 2017

146,389,000 216,000

Jun 2017

146,588,000 199,000

Jul 2017

146,772,000 184,000

Aug 2017

146,907,000 135,000

Sep 2017

146,999,000 92,000

Oct 2017

147,146,000 147,000

Nov 2017

147,375,000 229,000

Dec 2017

147,521,000 146,000

Jan 2018

147,667,000 146,000

Feb 2018

148,054,000 387,000

Mar 2018

148,280,000 226,000

Apr 2018

148,426,000 146,000

May 2018

148,755,000 329,000

Jun 2018

148,968,000 213,000

Jul 2018

149,023,000 55,000

Aug 2018

149,274,000 251,000

Sep 2018

149,361,000 87,000

Oct 2018

149,525,000 164,000

Nov 2018

149,622,000 97,000

Dec 2018

149,804,000 182,000

Jan 2019

150,062,000 258,000

Feb 2019

150,067,000 5,000

Mar 2019

150,294,000 227,000

Apr 2019

150,602,000 308,000

May 2019

150,640,000 38,000

Jun 2019

150,844,000 204,000

Jul 2019

150,934,000 90,000

Aug 2019

151,155,000 221,000

Sep 2019

151,358,000 203,000

Oct 2019

151,458,000 100,000

Nov 2019

151,666,000 208,000

Dec 2019

151,792,000 126,000

Jan 2020

152,045,000 253,000

Feb 2020

152,309,000 264,000

Mar 2020

150,898,000 (1,411,000)

Apr 2020

130,421,000 (20,477,000)

May 2020

133,040,000 2,619,000

Jun 2020

137,655,000 4,615,000

Jul 2020

139,240,000 1,585,000

Aug 2020

140,774,000 1,534,000

Sep 2020

141,820,000 1,046,000

Oct 2020

142,493,000 673,000

Nov 2020

142,761,000 268,000

Dec 2020

142,518,000 (243,000)

Jan 2021

142,916,000 398,000

Feb 2021

143,443,000 527,000

Mar 2021

144,274,000 831,000

Apr 2021

144,593,000 319,000

May 2021

145,044,000 451,000

Jun 2021

145,822,000 778,000

Jul 2021

146,761,000 939,000

Aug 2021

147,226,000 465,000

Sep 2021

147,706,000 480,000

Oct 2021

148,566,000 860,000

Nov 2021

149,197,000 631,000

Dec 2021

149,763,000 566,000

Jan 2022

150,014,000 251,000

Feb 2022

150,876,000 862,000

Mar 2022

151,370,000 494,000

Apr 2022

151,642,000 272,000

May 2022

151,928,000 286,000

Jun 2022

152,348,000 420,000

Jul 2022

153,038,000 690,000

Aug 2022

153,281,000 243,000

Sep 2022

153,536,000 255,000

Oct 2022

153,897,000 361,000

Nov 2022

154,155,000 258,000

Dec 2022

154,291,000 136,000

Jan 2023

154,773,000 482,000

Feb 2023

155,060,000 287,000

Mar 2023

155,206,000 146,000

Apr 2023

155,484,000 278,000

May 2023

155,787,000 303,000

Jun 2023

156,027,000 240,000

Jul 2023

156,211,000 184,000

Aug 2023

156,421,000 210,000

Sep 2023

156,667,000 246,000

Oct 2023

156,832,000 165,000

Nov 2023

157,014,000 182,000

Dec 2023

157,304,000 290,000

Jan 2024

157,533,000 229,000

Feb 2024

157,808,000 275,000

In February 2024, job gains occurred in health care, government, food services and drinking places, social assistance, and transportation and warehousing.

Health care added 67,000 jobs in February, above the average monthly gain of 58,000 over the prior 12 months. In February, job growth occurred in ambulatory health care services, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities.

Government employment rose by 52,000 in February, about the same as the prior 12-month average gain. Employment in food services and drinking places increased by 42,000 in February, after changing little over the prior 3 months. Social assistance added 24,000 jobs in February, about the same as the prior 12-month average gain.

Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 20,000 in February. Employment increased in couriers and messengers and air transportation, while warehousing and storage lost jobs. Employment in transportation and warehousing was down by 144,000 since reaching a peak in July 2022.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2024." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 275,000 in February 2024 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/payroll-employment-up-275000-in-february-2024.htm (visited May 19, 2024).

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