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Nonfarm employment rises by 252,000 in December 2014

January 12, 2015

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 252,000 in December 2014. For all of 2014, job growth averaged 246,000 per month. That compares with an average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. In December 2014, employment increased in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.

 

 

Monthly change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, December 2010 to December 2014
Month Change

Dec 2010

71,000

Jan 2011

70,000

Feb 2011

168,000

Mar 2011

212,000

Apr 2011

322,000

May 2011

102,000

Jun 2011

217,000

Jul 2011

106,000

Aug 2011

122,000

Sep 2011

221,000

Oct 2011

183,000

Nov 2011

164,000

Dec 2011

196,000

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

261,000

Nov 2014(p)

353,000

Dec 2014(p)

252,000
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary

From December 2013 to December 2014, professional and business services gained 732,000 jobs, the most among the major industries. Health care and social assistance added 426,000 jobs over the year, while leisure and hospitality added 421,000. Construction employment grew by 290,000 over the year, and manufacturing gained 186,000 jobs. Federal government employment declined by 17,000 over the year.

 

 

Change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, December 2013 to December 2014
Industry Number Percent

Total nonfarm

2,952,000 2.1

Mining and logging

49,000 5.6

Construction

290,000 4.9

Manufacturing

186,000 1.5

Wholesale trade

110,700 1.9

Retail trade

249,600 1.6

Transportation and warehousing

139,300 3.1

Utilities

6,900 1.3

Information

15,000 0.6

Financial activities

121,000 1.5

Professional and business services

732,000 3.9

Educational services

56,400 1.7

Health care and social assistance

426,000 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

421,000 2.9

Other services

58,000 1.1

Federal government

-17,000 -0.6

State government

21,000 0.4

Local government

87,000 0.6

Total nonfarm employment grew 2.1 percent over the year. Employment in the mining and logging industry grew 5.6 percent, the fastest rate among the major industries. Construction employment grew 4.9 percent. Professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, leisure and hospitality, and health care and social assistance also grew faster than the overall average.

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 — December 2014" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: December 2014 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment rises by 252,000 in December 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/nonfarm-employment-rises-by-252000-in-december-2014.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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