United States Non Farm Payrolls  1939-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in March of 2016, lower than an upwardly revised 245,000 in the previous month and beating market expectations of 205,000. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 122.95 Thousand from 1939 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 1115 Thousand in September of 1983 and a record low of -1967 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
215.00 242.00 1115.00 -1967.00 1939 - 2016 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 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 April of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-05 01:30 PM Jan 151K 262K 190K 210K
2016-03-04 01:30 PM Feb 242K 172K 190K 195K
2016-04-01 12:30 PM Mar 215K 245K 205K 215K
2016-05-06 12:30 PM Apr 215K 203K 208K
2016-06-03 12:30 PM May 197K
2016-07-08 12:30 PM Jun 250K

US Economy Adds 215K Jobs in March


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in March of 2016, lower than an upwardly revised 245,000 in the previous month but beating market expectations of 205,000. Employment gains occurred in retail trade, construction, and health care, while job losses occurred in manufacturing and mining.

Retail trade added 48,000 jobs in March. Employment gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+12,000), health and personal care stores (+10,000), building material and garden supply stores (+10,000), and automobile dealers (+5,000). Over the past 12 months, retail trade has added 378,000 jobs.

Construction employment rose by 37,000 in March. Job gains occurred among residential specialty trade contractors (+12,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000). Over the year, construction has added 301,000 jobs.

Employment in health care increased by 37,000 over the month, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. In March, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+27,000) and hospitals (+10,000). Over the year, health care employment has increased by 503,000.

Over the month, employment continued to trend up in food services and drinking places (+25,000) and in financial activities (+15,000). 

In March, employment in professional and business services changed little for the third month in a row. In 2015, the industry added an average of 52,000 jobs per month.

Employment in manufacturing declined by 29,000 in March. Most of the job losses occurred in durable goods industries (-24,000), including machinery (-7,000), primary metals (-3,000), and semiconductors and electronic components (-3,000). 

Mining employment continued to decline in March (-12,000) with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-10,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has decreased by 185,000.

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, changed little over the month.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.4 hours in March. The manufacturing workweek edged down by 0.1 hour to 40.6 hours. Factory overtime was 3.3 hours for the fourth month in a row. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.6 hours. 

In March, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 7 cents to $25.43, following a 2-cent decline in February. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.3 percent. In March, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.37. (

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/1/2016 1:39:33 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.00 4.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 215.00 242.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 195.00 230.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 20.00 12.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -29.00 -16.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 257.00 247.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2130.00 2135.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 200.00 205.00 357.00 -881.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 151320.00 151074.00 151320.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7966.00 7815.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 -0.10 0.60 -0.20 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 1.36 1.31 2.80 1.30 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.40 10.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.00 106.59 106.59 27.57 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 108.76 107.87 108.76 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5291.00 5621.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5445.00 5349.00 5668.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 48207.00 105696.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.37 21.33 21.37 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.33 20.20 20.33 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.70 4.34 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index -2.10 -2.50 28.50 -43.60 [+]
Population 321.57 319.07 321.57 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 Low Skilled 1750.00 1650.00 1750.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4140.00 4090.00 4140.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27818.00 27853.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 123447.00 123206.00 123447.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.90 59.80 64.70 55.00 percent [+]




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