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Payroll employment increases across most major industries in 2015

January 11, 2016

In 2015, total nonfarm payroll employment was up 2.65 million over the year, increasing across all major industries, except mining and logging, which lost 131,000 jobs. This loss was equal to about 14.3 percent of all jobs in the industry. Mining drove almost all of the employment trend in this sector, accounting for 129,000 of the decline. 

Change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, December 2014 to December 2015
Industry Number Percent

Total nonfarm

2,650,000 1.9%

Mining and logging

-131,000 -14.3


263,000 4.2


30,000 0.2

Wholesale trade

65,400 1.1

Retail trade

274,000 1.8

Transportation and warehousing

94,200 2.0


11,200 2.0


50,000 1.8

Financial activities

147,000 1.8

Professional and business services

605,000 3.1

Education and health services

655,000 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

419,000 2.8

Other services

68,000 1.2


99,000 0.5

The largest gains in employment in 2015 occurred in education and health services (+655,000), professional and business services (+605,000), and leisure and hospitality (+419,000). The largest over-the-year gains as a percent of industry employment occurred in the construction industry where employment increased by 4.2 percent.

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 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: December 2015 (PDF).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment increases across most major industries in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/payroll-employment-increases-across-most-major-industries-in-2015.htm (visited November 19, 2019).


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