United States Non Farm Payrolls 1939-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States increased by 252 Thousand in December of 2014. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 120.04 Thousand from 1939 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 1114 Thousand in September of 1983 and a record low of -1966 Thousand in September of 1945. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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United States Non Farm Payrolls


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
252.00 353.00 1114.00 -1966.00 1939 - 2014 Thousand Monthly
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 - United States Non Farm Payrolls - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Non Farm Payrolls - was last refreshed on Sunday, January 25, 2015.


US Adds 252K Jobs in December


US nonfarm payrolls increased 252,000 last month after a revised 353,000 jump in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent.

In December, employment increased in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.  In 2014, job growth averaged 246,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013 and an additional 2.95 million Americans found work, the most in 15 years. 


The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised from +243,000 to +261,000, and the change for November was revised from +321,000 to +353,000. With these revisions, employment gains in October and November were 50,000 higher than previously reported.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 52,000 in December. Monthly job gains in the industry averaged 61,000 in 2014. In December, employment  increased in administrative and waste services (+35,000), computer systems design  and related services (+9,000), and architectural and engineering services (+5,000). Employment in accounting and bookkeeping services declined (-14,000), offsetting an increase of the same amount in November. 

Construction added 48,000 jobs, well above the employment gains in recent months. Specialty trade contractors added jobs in December (+26,000), with the gain about equally split between residential and nonresidential contractors. Employment also increased in heavy and civil engineering construction (+12,000) and in nonresidential building (+10,000). 

Employment in food services and drinking places increased by 44,000. The industry added an average of 30,000 jobs per month in 2014.

Health care added 34,000 jobs. Job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+16,000), nursing and residential care facilities (+11,000), and hospitals (+7,000). Employment growth in health care averaged 26,000 per month in 2014 and 17,000 per month in 2013. 

Manufacturing employment increased by 17,000, with durable goods (+13,000) accounting for most of the gain. Manufacturing added an average of 16,000 jobs per month in 2014, compared with an average gain of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013.

Employment in wholesale trade and in financial activities continued to trend.  Employment in retail trade changed little, following a large gain in November. Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, changed little in December. 

BLS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
1/9/2015 1:49:24 PM


Recent Releases

US Jobs Growth Beats Expectations in November
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 321,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months. In November, job growth was widespread, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing. Published on 2014-12-05

U.S. Adds 214K Jobs in October
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 214,000 in October, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6-year low of 5.8 percent. Job growth occurred in food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. Published on 2014-11-07


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-11-07 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Oct
214K 265K (R) 231K 236K
2014-12-05 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  NOV
321K 243K (R) 230K 214.3K
2015-01-09 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  DEC
252K 353K (R) 240K 250K
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  JAN
252K 280.4K
2015-03-06 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  FEB
253.7K
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Mar
251.4K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 252.00 353.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 12.00 8.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 240.00 345.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 17.00 29.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 307.00 298.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2443.00 2475.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 241.00 227.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 147442.00 147331.00 147442.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8688.00 9071.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4559.00 5077.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.87 2.80 1.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.40 12.70 19.60 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.72 106.11 106.72 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings -0.20 0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.60 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.90 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32640.00 35940.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.40 10.39 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.80 19.69 19.80 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 103.87 104.12 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 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 [+]
Job Offers 4972.00 4830.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]


Non Farm Payrolls Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 252.00 Dec/14 353.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]