Employment in March 2013

April 08, 2013

Nonfarm payroll employment edged up in March (+88,000). Employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade.

Nonfarm payroll employment over-the-month change, seasonally adjusted, March 2011-March 2013
MonthEmployment change

Mar 2011

205,000

Apr 2011

304,000

May 2011

115,000

Jun 2011

209,000

Jul 2011

78,000

Aug 2011

132,000

Sep 2011

225,000

Oct 2011

166,000

Nov 2011

174,000

Dec 2011

230,000

Jan 2012

311,000

Feb 2012

271,000

Mar 2012

205,000

Apr 2012

112,000

May 2012

125,000

Jun 2012

87,000

Jul 2012

153,000

Aug 2012

165,000

Sep 2012

138,000

Oct 2012

160,000

Nov 2012

247,000

Dec 2012

219,000

Jan 2013

148,000

Feb 2013

268,000 (p)

Mar 2013

88,000 (p)

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs in March. Over the past 12 months, employment in this industry has grown by 533,000.

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, selected industries, seasonally adjusted, March 2013
IndustryEmployment change (p)

Total nonfarm

88,000

  Professional and business services

51,000

  Education and health services

44,000

  Construction

18,000

  Leisure and hospitality

17,000

  State government

9,000

  Information

5,000

  Mining and logging

1,000

  Financial activities

-2,000

  Local government

-2,000

  Manufacturing

-3,000

  Other services

-9,000

  Federal government

-14,000

  Trade, transportation, and utilities

-27,000

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Construction employment continued to trend up in March (+18,000). Job growth in this industry picked up this past fall; since September, the industry has added 169,000 jobs. 

Within government, U.S. Postal Service employment fell by 12,000 in March. Employment in other major industries, including mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, state government, and local government, showed little change over the month.

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 — March 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0581.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in March 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130408.htm (visited November 01, 2014).

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