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Total nonfarm payroll employment up 321,000 in November; job growth widespread among industries

December 08, 2014

In November, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 321,000. The average monthly gain was 224,000 over the prior 12 months. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, January 2012–November 2014
Month Employment change

Jan 2012

360,000

Feb 2012

226,000

Mar 2012

243,000

Apr 2012

96,000

May 2012

110,000

Jun 2012

88,000

Jul 2012

160,000

Aug 2012

150,000

Sep 2012

161,000

Oct 2012

225,000

Nov 2012

203,000

Dec 2012

214,000

Jan 2013

197,000

Feb 2013

280,000

Mar 2013

141,000

Apr 2013

203,000

May 2013

199,000

Jun 2013

201,000

Jul 2013

149,000

Aug 2013

202,000

Sep 2013

164,000

Oct 2013

237,000

Nov 2013

274,000

Dec 2013

84,000

Jan 2014

144,000

Feb 2014

222,000

Mar 2014

203,000

Apr 2014

304,000

May 2014

229,000

Jun 2014

267,000

Jul 2014

243,000

Aug 2014

203,000

Sep 2014

271,000

Oct 2014(p)

243,000

Nov 2014(p)

321,000
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 86,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 57,000 over the prior 12 months. Job growth continued in temporary help services (+23,000), management and technical consulting services (+7,000), computer systems design and related services (+7,000), and architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Employment in retail trade rose by 50,000 in November, compared with an average gain of 22,000 per month over the prior 12 months. Job gains occurred in motor vehicle and parts dealers (+11,000); clothing and accessories stores (+11,000); sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (+9,000); and nonstore retailers (+6,000).

Health care added 29,000 jobs over the month. Employment continued to trend up in offices of physicians (+7,000), home health care services (+5,000), outpatient care centers (+4,000), and hospitals (+4,000).

In November, manufacturing added 28,000 jobs. Durable goods manufacturers accounted for 17,000 of the increase, most industries in that group gained jobs. Employment in nondurable goods increased by 11,000, with plastics and rubber products (+7,000) accounting for most of the gain.

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, November 2014
Industry Employment change(p)

Professional and business services

86,000

Retail trade

50,200

Education and health services

38,000

Leisure and hospitality

32,000

Manufacturing

28,000

Construction

20,000

Financial activities

20,000

Transportation and warehousing

16,700

Other services

15,000

Government

7,000

Information

4,000

Wholesale trade

2,500

Mining and logging

0
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Financial activities added 20,000 jobs in November, with half of the gain in insurance carriers and related activities. Transportation and warehousing employment increased by 17,000 in November, with a gain in couriers and messengers (+5,000).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2014" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring CES employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: November 2014 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Total nonfarm payroll employment up 321,000 in November; job growth widespread among industries on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141208.htm (visited November 11, 2019).

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