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Employment up 431,000 in March 2022

April 05, 2022

Job gains continued in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, and manufacturing in March 2022. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 112,000. Within leisure and hospitality, job growth occurred in food services and drinking places and accommodation. Employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 1.5 million since February 2020.

1-month change in employment, by industry, March 2022
Industry 1-month change

Total nonfarm

431,000

Mining and logging

3,000

Government

5,000

Other services

13,000

Financial activities

16,000

Information

16,000

Construction

19,000

Manufacturing

38,000

Education and health services

53,000

Trade, transportation, and utilities

54,000

Professional and business services

102,000

Leisure and hospitality

112,000

Note: Data are preliminary.

Professional and business services added 102,000 jobs in March. Within this industry, job gains occurred in services to buildings and dwellings, accounting and bookkeeping services, and management and technical consulting services. Employment in professional and business services is 723,000 higher than in February 2020.

Employment in retail trade increased by 49,000 in March, with gains in general merchandise stores and food and beverage stores. Health and personal care stores lost jobs. Retail trade employment is 278,000 above its February 2020 level.

Manufacturing added 38,000 jobs in March. Employment in durable goods industries rose, with gains in transportation equipment and electrical equipment and appliances. Since February 2020, manufacturing employment is down by 128,000.

Employment in construction continued to trend up in March and has returned to its February 2020 level.

Health care employment changed little in March 2022, after a large increase in the prior month. Employment in the industry is down by 298,000 since February 2020.

Employment showed little change over the month in mining, wholesale trade, information, other services, and government.

1-month change in employment, by industry, January 2020–March 2022
Month Total nonfarm Mining and logging Construction Manufacturing Trade,
transportation,
and utilities
Information

Jan 2020

339,000 -9,000 48,000 -11,000 41,000 3,000

Feb 2020

376,000 2,000 47,000 1,000 -10,000 6,000

Mar 2020

-1,498,000 -13,000 -75,000 -68,000 -112,000 -5,000

Apr 2020

-20,493,000 -58,000 -1,033,000 -1,294,000 -3,047,000 -256,000

May 2020

2,642,000 -20,000 491,000 233,000 380,000 -36,000

Jun 2020

4,505,000 -14,000 159,000 334,000 977,000 18,000

Jul 2020

1,388,000 -11,000 32,000 35,000 292,000 -7,000

Aug 2020

1,665,000 -7,000 24,000 25,000 403,000 23,000

Sep 2020

919,000 -2,000 21,000 45,000 105,000 58,000

Oct 2020

647,000 -5,000 52,000 27,000 146,000 0

Nov 2020

333,000 -2,000 18,000 35,000 89,000 8,000

Dec 2020

-115,000 0 44,000 33,000 93,000 13,000

Jan 2021

520,000 -8,000 3,000 -6,000 121,000 26,000

Feb 2021

710,000 -4,000 -52,000 38,000 124,000 13,000

Mar 2021

704,000 9,000 100,000 46,000 100,000 10,000

Apr 2021

263,000 3,000 -15,000 -28,000 24,000 20,000

May 2021

447,000 6,000 -12,000 28,000 11,000 15,000

Jun 2021

557,000 6,000 -3,000 20,000 123,000 17,000

Jul 2021

689,000 3,000 17,000 62,000 74,000 21,000

Aug 2021

517,000 5,000 2,000 41,000 72,000 25,000

Sep 2021

424,000 2,000 30,000 22,000 100,000 8,000

Oct 2021

677,000 2,000 28,000 53,000 106,000 12,000

Nov 2021

647,000 4,000 47,000 48,000 71,000 18,000

Dec 2021

588,000 8,000 44,000 41,000 79,000 9,000

Jan 2022

504,000 0 6,000 26,000 188,000 5,000

Feb 2022

750,000 7,000 57,000 38,000 199,000 -5,000

Mar 2022

431,000 3,000 19,000 38,000 54,000 16,000

 

1-month change in employment, by industry, January 2020–March 2022 (continued)
Month Financial activities Professional
and
business services
Education
and
health services
Leisure
and
hospitality
Other services Government

Jan 2020

16,000 -25,000 94,000 110,000 19,000 53,000

Feb 2020

33,000 22,000 67,000 102,000 11,000 95,000

Mar 2020

-19,000 -85,000 -238,000 -738,000 -91,000 -54,000

Apr 2020

-261,000 -2,217,000 -2,601,000 -7,465,000 -1,340,000 -921,000

May 2020

17,000 203,000 390,000 1,231,000 236,000 -483,000

Jun 2020

16,000 357,000 550,000 1,780,000 333,000 -5,000

Jul 2020

0 185,000 190,000 441,000 136,000 95,000

Aug 2020

24,000 190,000 199,000 281,000 51,000 452,000

Sep 2020

28,000 128,000 96,000 433,000 47,000 -40,000

Oct 2020

21,000 220,000 93,000 233,000 12,000 -152,000

Nov 2020

13,000 151,000 69,000 30,000 -5,000 -73,000

Dec 2020

12,000 164,000 4,000 -460,000 -11,000 -7,000

Jan 2021

11,000 111,000 28,000 128,000 9,000 97,000

Feb 2021

-8,000 102,000 76,000 393,000 11,000 17,000

Mar 2021

9,000 119,000 87,000 153,000 17,000 54,000

Apr 2021

14,000 -78,000 41,000 208,000 23,000 51,000

May 2021

0 80,000 38,000 199,000 16,000 66,000

Jun 2021

-2,000 61,000 20,000 224,000 42,000 49,000

Jul 2021

27,000 142,000 59,000 197,000 36,000 51,000

Aug 2021

9,000 83,000 29,000 202,000 29,000 20,000

Sep 2021

13,000 74,000 9,000 134,000 17,000 15,000

Oct 2021

23,000 236,000 68,000 141,000 25,000 -17,000

Nov 2021

32,000 111,000 69,000 191,000 36,000 20,000

Dec 2021

14,000 91,000 65,000 186,000 24,000 27,000

Jan 2022

2,000 88,000 33,000 138,000 6,000 12,000

Feb 2022

30,000 105,000 117,000 154,000 37,000 11,000

Mar 2022

16,000 102,000 53,000 112,000 13,000 5,000

Note: Data for the most recent two months are preliminary.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 431,000 in March 2022. Overall job growth averaged 562,000 per month in the first quarter of 2022, the same as the average monthly gain for 2021. However, total employment is down by 1.6 million from its pre-pandemic level in February 2020.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — March 2022." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 431,000 in March 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/employment-up-431000-in-march-2022.htm (visited December 09, 2022).

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