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

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States increased by 257 Thousand in January of 2014. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was revised from +353,000 to +423,000, and the change for December was revised from +252,000 to +329,000. 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
257.00 329.00 1114.00 -1966.00 1939 - 2015 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 Thursday, March 5, 2015.


US Job Growth Beats Estimates in January


US nonfarm payrolls increased by 257,000 last month after a upwardly revised 329,000 rise in December. Meanwhile, the jobless rate edged up to 5.7 percent from 5.6 percent as more unemployed started looking for work.

Job gains occurred in retail trade, construction, health care, financial activities, and manufacturing. After incorporating revisions for November and December (which include the impact of the annual benchmark process), monthly job gains averaged 336,000 over the past 3 months, the biggest three-month gain in 17 years.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was revised from +353,000 to +423,000, and the change for December was revised from +252,000 to +329,000. With these revisions, employment gains in November and December were 147,000 higher than previously reported.

Employment in retail trade rose by 46,000 in January. Three industries accounted for half of the jobs added--sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (+9,000); motor vehicle and parts dealers (+8,000); and nonstore retailers (+6,000). 

Construction continued to add jobs (+39,000). Employment increased in both residential and nonresidential building (+13,000 and +7,000, respectively). Employment continued to trend up in specialty trade contactors (+13,000). Over the prior 12 months, construction had added an average of 28,000 jobs per month. 

Health care employment increased by 38,000. Job gains occurred in offices of physicians (+13,000), hospitals (+10,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+7,000). Health care added an average of 26,000 jobs per month  in 2014.

Employment in financial activities rose by 26,000, with insurance  carriers and related activities (+14,000) and securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+5,000) contributing to the gain. Financial activities has added 159,000 jobs over the past 12 months. 

Manufacturing employment increased by 22,000, including job gains in motor vehicles and parts (+7,000) and wood products (+4,000). Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 228,000 jobs. 

Professional and technical services added 33,000 jobs, including increases in computer systems design (+8,000) and architectural and engineering services (+8,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up (+35,000). In 2014, the industry added an average of 33,000 jobs per month.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.


Anna Fedec | anna@tradingeconomics.com
2/6/2015 1:56:37 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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
257K 329K (R) 234K 220K
2015-03-06 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  FEB
257K 240K 284K
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Mar
265.5K
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Apr
243.9K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.70 5.60 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 257.00 329.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -10.00 9.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 267.00 320.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 22.00 26.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 313.00 279.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2401.00 2367.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 212.00 250.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148201.00 147442.00 148201.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8979.00 8688.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4427.00 4402.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.78 1.78 2.80 1.78 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.20 12.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.59 107.07 107.07 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.50 -0.20 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.60 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 50579.00 32640.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.55 10.42 10.55 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.65 19.71 19.71 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 104.22 103.52 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 318.86 316.50 318.86 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 5028.00 4847.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]
Wage Growth 4.77 4.51 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Non Farm Payrolls Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 257.00 Jan/15 329.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]