United States Non Farm Payrolls  1939-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States increased by 235 thousand in February of 2017, lower than upwardly revised 238 thousand in January but above market expectations of 190 thousand. Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 123.54 Thousand from 1939 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1115 Thousand in September of 1983 and a record low of -1967 Thousand in September of 1945.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-06 01:30 PM Dec 156K 204K 178K 173K
2017-02-03 01:30 PM Jan 227K 157K 175K 161K
2017-03-10 01:30 PM Feb 235K 238K 190K 180K
2017-04-07 12:30 PM Mar 235K 180K
2017-05-05 12:30 PM Apr 218.3K
2017-06-02 12:30 PM May 215.4K




US Economy Adds 235K Jobs In February, Beats Expectations


Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 235 thousand in February of 2017, below an upwardly revised 238 thousand in January but above market expectations of 190 thousand. Job gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

In February, construction employment increased by 58,000, with gains in specialty trade contractors (+36,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+15,000). Construction has added 177,000 jobs over the past 6 months. 

Employment in private educational services rose by 29,000 in February, following little change in the prior month (-5,000). Over the year, employment in the industry has grown by 105,000.

Manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in February. Employment rose in food manufacturing (+9,000) and machinery (+7,000) but fell in transportation equipment (-6,000). Over the past 3 months, manufacturing has added 57,000 jobs. 

Health care employment rose by 27,000 in February, with a job gain in ambulatory health care services (+18,000). Over the year, health care has added an average of 30,000 jobs per month. 

Employment in mining increased by 8,000 in February, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Mining employment has risen by 20,000 since reaching a recent low in October 2016.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in February (+37,000). The industry has added 597,000 jobs over the year. 

Retail trade employment edged down in February (-26,000), following a gain of 40,000 in the prior month. Over the month, job losses occurred in general merchandise stores (-19,000); sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (-9,000); and electronics and appliance stores (-8,000). 

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little or no change over the month. 

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.4 hours in February. In manufacturing, the workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and overtime remained at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls has been 33.6 hours since August 2016. 

In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 6 cents to $26.09, following a 5-cent increase in January. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 71 cents, or 2.8 percent. In February, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.86 in February. 

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/10/2017 1:36:46 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.70 4.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 235.00 238.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 227.00 221.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 8.00 17.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 28.00 11.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 258.00 243.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2000.00 2039.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 298.00 261.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 152528.00 152081.00 152528.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7528.00 7635.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.00 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.13 1.16 2.80 1.13 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.90 10.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.21 110.75 111.21 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.40 107.00 107.40 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5582.00 5040.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5626.00 5539.00 5973.00 2196.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36957.00 45934.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.86 21.82 21.86 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 3.76 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.65 20.66 20.67 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.50 0.60 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 1.30 1.30 32.40 -49.00 Index Points [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Wages High Skilled 4130.00 4150.00 4150.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 1496.20 1497.50 2680.00 1433.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1407.76 1399.20 1407.76 1302.75 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27554.00 27405.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 125031.00 124705.00 125031.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.00 59.90 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1780.00 1810.00 1860.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]



United States Non Farm Payrolls Notes

Nonfarm payrolls is an employment report released monthly, usually on the first Friday of every month, and heavily affects the US dollar, the bond market and the stock market. Current Employment Statistics (CES) program from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, surveys about 141,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 486,000 individual work sites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Non Farm Payrolls - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Non Farm Payrolls - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
235.00 238.00 1115.00 -834.00 1939 - 2017 Thousand Monthly



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