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Nonfarm payroll employment growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016

January 09, 2017

Nonfarm job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015. Since 1986, the December-to-December change in payroll employment has averaged 1.5 million. 

December 12-month employment change, by industry, 1986–2016
Year Total nonfarm Mining and logging Construction Manufacturing Wholesale trade Retail trade Transportation and warehousing Utilities Information

1986

1,902,000 -172,000 106,000 -215,000 3,300 347,500 58,000 -1,500 19,000

1987

3,153,000 17,000 187,000 331,000 120,400 355,000 120,400 2,600 75,000

1988

3,242,000 -31,000 97,000 216,000 169,400 337,800 155,600 -5,400 83,000

1989

1,943,000 7,000 32,000 -144,000 43,900 144,500 93,200 18,400 56,000

1990

311,000 2,000 -262,000 -486,000 -32,400 16,100 48,900 800 9,000

1991

-835,000 -50,000 -400,000 -479,000 -82,000 -267,300 -52,400 -6,300 -36,000

1992

1,171,000 -34,000 -17,000 -147,000 -93,800 19,000 36,900 -15,400 -2,000

1993

2,816,000 -4,000 295,000 46,000 71,200 323,500 100,900 -17,100 39,000

1994

3,852,000 -21,000 301,000 402,000 209,800 591,700 197,600 -20,800 98,000

1995

2,158,000 -18,000 118,000 14,000 118,100 212,400 93,000 -22,700 94,000

1996

2,825,000 5,000 331,000 53,000 115,100 355,000 57,200 -28,300 113,000

1997

3,407,000 19,000 263,000 304,000 148,200 210,700 136,700 -14,000 149,000

1998

3,047,000 -31,000 440,000 -139,000 101,800 209,600 150,600 -2,300 142,000

1999

3,179,000 -34,000 331,000 -169,000 115,500 407,000 131,500 -6,300 244,000

2000

1,951,000 9,000 83,000 -99,000 -65,400 226,300 111,700 -4,700 173,000

2001

-1,726,000 -4,000 -7,000 -1,470,000 -189,100 -285,300 -234,000 -2,500 -184,000

2002

-500,000 -21,000 -85,000 -799,000 -60,800 -110,900 -14,200 -9,600 -233,000

2003

113,000 -1,000 127,000 -612,000 -31,800 -58,800 -51,400 -18,400 -138,000

2004

2,042,000 25,000 290,000 -13,000 105,700 202,900 127,200 -15,200 -71,000

2005

2,514,000 49,000 416,000 -94,000 108,400 220,500 102,800 -5,000 -25,000

2006

2,092,000 55,000 152,000 -178,000 148,400 52,900 124,900 -2,100 -22,000

2007

1,147,000 35,000 -195,000 -269,000 73,200 173,500 18,800 8,600 -8,000

2008

-3,569,000 31,000 -789,000 -896,000 -240,800 -700,900 -152,800 5,800 -115,000

2009

-5,070,000 -108,000 -1,047,000 -1,375,000 -321,900 -545,400 -278,000 -6,900 -165,000

2010

1,066,000 71,000 -187,000 120,000 1,300 149,200 144,300 -2,700 -63,000

2011

2,087,000 97,000 144,000 207,000 128,700 284,300 82,800 -1,100 -4,000

2012

2,149,000 18,000 117,000 158,000 96,500 141,500 122,300 -600 -4,000

2013

2,311,000 18,000 211,000 126,000 62,900 367,800 85,600 -800 51,000

2014

3,015,000 30,000 362,000 208,000 80,700 209,500 227,100 3,800 9,000

2015

2,744,000 -136,000 296,000 26,000 55,900 284,000 109,500 9,100 30,000

2016

2,157,000 -80,000 102,000 -45,000 51,500 256,700 62,100 1,800 -2,000

Note: Data for December 2016 are preliminary.

December 12-month employment change, by industry, 1986–2016 (continued)
Year Financial activities Professional and business services Education and health services Leisure and hospitality Other services Federal government State government Local government

1986

305,000 315,000 374,000 290,000 145,000 0 76,000 251,000

1987

187,000 437,000 484,000 324,000 187,000 75,000 76,000 175,000

1988

82,000 531,000 607,000 379,000 232,000 30,000 107,000 252,000

1989

52,000 394,000 455,000 275,000 177,000 -58,000 102,000 295,000

1990

17,000 33,000 457,000 29,000 85,000 12,000 125,000 256,000

1991

-73,000 -7,000 494,000 -1,000 -48,000 11,000 12,000 150,000

1992

88,000 438,000 346,000 254,000 61,000 -20,000 83,000 174,000

1993

253,000 562,000 472,000 370,000 74,000 -64,000 79,000 216,000

1994

-1,000 784,000 544,000 343,000 145,000 -54,000 113,000 220,000

1995

42,000 559,000 420,000 332,000 118,000 -80,000 -12,000 170,000

1996

200,000 696,000 405,000 301,000 117,000 -64,000 -45,000 214,000

1997

289,000 951,000 414,000 186,000 155,000 -50,000 0 245,000

1998

282,000 765,000 396,000 289,000 131,000 -4,000 73,000 244,000

1999

93,000 849,000 317,000 330,000 109,000 -14,000 112,000 363,000

2000

63,000 476,000 386,000 270,000 58,000 -26,000 51,000 239,000

2001

96,000 -758,000 633,000 -9,000 137,000 6,000 179,000 366,000

2002

83,000 -202,000 508,000 145,000 66,000 29,000 33,000 171,000

2003

60,000 260,000 409,000 208,000 3,000 -40,000 -45,000 43,000

2004

60,000 457,000 422,000 310,000 -6,000 -12,000 14,000 145,000

2005

152,000 662,000 457,000 275,000 9,000 5,000 66,000 115,000

2006

105,000 515,000 484,000 387,000 61,000 -3,000 37,000 175,000

2007

-112,000 280,000 546,000 258,000 50,000 26,000 41,000 221,000

2008

-212,000 -831,000 516,000 -294,000 -70,000 19,000 52,000 109,000

2009

-327,000 -745,000 361,000 -312,000 -126,000 56,000 -41,000 -89,000

2010

-60,000 545,000 334,000 213,000 17,000 39,000 -17,000 -238,000

2011

44,000 576,000 393,000 381,000 66,000 -34,000 -86,000 -192,000

2012

100,000 570,000 408,000 443,000 50,000 -30,000 0 -40,000

2013

87,000 555,000 261,000 479,000 74,000 -66,000 5,000 -6,000

2014

127,000 639,000 480,000 441,000 68,000 6,000 36,000 88,000

2015

149,000 621,000 701,000 441,000 65,000 22,000 20,000 51,000

2016

159,000 522,000 593,000 295,000 57,000 36,000 2,000 145,000

Note: Data for December 2016 are preliminary.

Over the 1986–2016 period, the change in payroll employment for the 12 months ending in December has ranged from a decrease of 5.1 million in 2009 to an increase of 3.9 million in 1994. 

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: December 2016; for additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm payroll employment growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfarm-payroll-employment-growth-totaled-2-point-2-million-in-2016.htm (visited November 11, 2019).

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