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Employment up 211,000 from October 2015 to November 2015

December 07, 2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 211,000 in November 2015. That compares with an average monthly gain of 210,000 so far in 2015. In 2014, job gains averaged 260,000 per month.

Monthly change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2012 to November 2015
Month Change

Jan 2012

380,000

Feb 2012

247,000

Mar 2012

216,000

Apr 2012

87,000

May 2012

113,000

Jun 2012

35,000

Jul 2012

177,000

Aug 2012

188,000

Sep 2012

144,000

Oct 2012

213,000

Nov 2012

164,000

Dec 2012

293,000

Jan 2013

205,000

Feb 2013

314,000

Mar 2013

115,000

Apr 2013

187,000

May 2013

219,000

Jun 2013

127,000

Jul 2013

164,000

Aug 2013

256,000

Sep 2013

150,000

Oct 2013

225,000

Nov 2013

317,000

Dec 2013

109,000

Jan 2014

166,000

Feb 2014

188,000

Mar 2014

225,000

Apr 2014

330,000

May 2014

236,000

Jun 2014

286,000

Jul 2014

249,000

Aug 2014

213,000

Sep 2014

250,000

Oct 2014

221,000

Nov 2014

423,000

Dec 2014

329,000

Jan 2015

201,000

Feb 2015

266,000

Mar 2015

119,000

Apr 2015

187,000

May 2015

260,000

Jun 2015

245,000

Jul 2015

223,000

Aug 2015

153,000

Sep 2015

145,000

Oct 2015(p)

298,000

Nov 2015(p)

211,000
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Employment in construction rose by 46,000 in November, with much of the increase occurring in residential specialty trade contractors (+26,000). Over the year, construction employment increased by 259,000.

In November, professional and technical services (part of professional and business services) added 28,000 jobs. Healthcare employment (part of education and health services) increased by 24,000 over the month, following a large gain in October (+51,000). Hospitals added 13,000 jobs. Over the year, healthcare employment grew by 470,000.

Over-the-month and over-the-year change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, November 2015
Industry October 2015 to November 2015(p) November 2014 to November 2015(p)

Total nonfarm

211,000 2,637,000

Mining and logging

-11,000 -123,000

Construction

46,000 259,000

Manufacturing

-1,000 36,000

Wholesale trade

9,100 75,800

Retail trade

30,700 284,200

Transportation and warehousing

6,400 87,800

Utilities

2,400 12,000

Information

-12,000 34,000

Financial activities

14,000 141,000

Professional and business services

27,000 606,000

Educational and health services

40,000 638,000

Leisure and hospitality

39,000 438,000

Other services

6,000 55,000

Government

14,000 93,000
Footnotes:

(p) preliminary.

Retail trade employment continued to trend up in November (+31,000) and increased by 284,000 over the year.

Employment in mining and logging continued to decline in November (−11,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (−7,000). Since November 2014, employment in mining and logging declined by 123,000.

In November, information lost 12,000 jobs. Within the industry, employment in motion pictures and sound recording decreased by 13,000 but showed little change over the year.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: November 2015.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 211,000 from October 2015 to November 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-up-211000-from-october-2015-to-november-2015.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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