Employment in December 2012
January 07, 2013
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000 in December. Employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.
In 2012, employment growth averaged 153,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain for 2011.
Professional and business services
Health care employment continued to expand in December (+45,000). In 2012, health care employment rose by 338,000.
Construction added 30,000 jobs in December, led by employment increases in construction of buildings (+13,000) and in residential specialty trade contractors (+12,000).
In December, manufacturing employment rose by 25,000, with small gains in a number of component industries. In 2012, factory employment increased by 180,000; most of the growth occurred during the first quarter.
Employment in retail trade changed little in December (-11,300), after increasing by 143,000 over the prior 3 months. Within the industry, employment in clothing and accessories stores fell by 19,000, following gains that totaled 55,000 over the prior 3 months. Elsewhere in retail trade, employment in automobile dealers and in food and beverage stores continued to trend up in December.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Employment data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2012," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0001. More charts featuring employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: December 2012 (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in December 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130107.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
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