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

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States increased by 280 thousand in May of 2015 compared to 221 thousand in April of 2015. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 121.52 Thousand from 1939 until 2015, 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
280.00 221.00 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. Content for - United States Non Farm Payrolls - was last refreshed on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-04-03 01:30 PM Mar 126K 264K (R) 244K 225K
2015-05-08 01:30 PM Apr 223K 85K (R) 224K 203.9K
2015-06-05 01:30 PM MAY 280K 221K (R) 225K 229K
2015-07-02 01:30 PM JUN 280K 232K 221K
2015-08-07 01:30 PM JUL 230.7K
2015-09-04 01:30 PM AUG 222.2K


US Economy Adds 280K Jobs In May


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 280,000 in May, up from a revised 221,000 in April. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.5 percent.

Job gains occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and health care. Mining employment continued to decline. 

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised from +85,000 to +119,000, and the change for April was revised from +223,000 to +221,000. With these revisions, employment gains in March and April combined were 32,000 more than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 207,000 per month.

Professional and business services added 63,000 jobs in May and 671,000 jobs over the year. In May, employment increased in computer systems design and related services (+10,000). Employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+20,000), in management and technical consulting services (+7,000), and in architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 57,000 in May, following little change in the prior 2 months. In May, employment edged up in arts, entertainment, and recreation (+29,000). Employment in food services and drinking places has shown little net change over the past 3 months.

Health care added 47,000 jobs in May. Within the industry, employment in ambulatory care services (which includes home health care services and outpatient care centers) rose by 28,000. Hospitals added 16,000 jobs over the month. Over the past year, health care has added 408,000 jobs.

Employment in retail trade edged up in May (+31,000). Over the prior 12 months, the industry had added an average of 24,000 jobs per month. Within retail trade, automobile dealers added 8,000 jobs in May. 

Construction employment continued to trend up over the month (+17,000) and has increased by 273,000 over the past year.

In May, employment continued on an upward trend in transportation and warehousing (+13,000). Truck transportation added 9,000 jobs over the month.

In May, employment continued to trend up in financial activities (+13,000). Over the past 12 months, the industry has added 160,000 jobs, with about half of the gain in insurance carriers and related activities.

Employment in mining fell for the fifth month in a row, with a decline of 17,000 in May. The loss was in support activities for mining. Employment in mining has decreased by 68,000 thus far this year, after increasing by 41,000 in 2014.


BLS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
6/5/2015 1:38:15 PM


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United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.40 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 280.00 221.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 18.00 15.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 262.00 206.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 7.00 1.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 271.00 277.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2247.00 2272.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 201.00 165.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148795.00 148523.00 148795.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8674.00 8549.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 5851.00 5048.00 5851.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.59 1.61 2.80 1.59 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.20 11.60 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.57 106.41 106.98 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 41034.00 61582.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.53 10.54 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.80 19.81 19.81 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 107.00 104.91 107.00 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 5376.00 5109.00 5376.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.55 4.10 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Non Farm Payrolls Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Brazil -115.59 May/15 -97.82 309.44 -654.94 Thousand [+]
United States 280.00 May/15 221.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]