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

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States decreased to 126 Thousand in March of 2015 from 264 Thousand in February of 2015. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 121.24 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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United States Non Farm Payrolls


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
126.00 264.00 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 Monday, April 27, 2015.


US Economy Adds Only 126K Jobs in March


US nonfarm payrolls increased by 126,000 last month after a downwardly revised 264,000 rise in February, the smallest gain since December of 2013. Meanwhile, the jobless rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent.

Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade, while mining lost jobs.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for January was revised from +239,000 to +201,000, and the change for February was revised from +295,000 to +264,000. With these revisions, employment gains in January and February combined were 69,000 less than previously reported.  Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 197,000 per month.

Employment in professional and business services trended up in March (+40,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 34,000 per month in this industry, below the average monthly gain of 59,000 in 2014. Within professional and business services, employment continued to trend up in architectural and engineering services (+4,000), computer systems design and related services (+4,000), and management and technical consulting services (+4,000).

Health care continued to add jobs in March (+22,000). Over the year, health care has added 363,000 jobs. In March, job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+19,000) and hospitals (+8,000), while nursing care facilities lost jobs (-6,000).

In March, employment in retail trade continued to trend up (+26,000), in line with its prior 12-month average gain. Within retail trade, general merchandise stores added 11,000 jobs in March.

Employment in mining declined by 11,000 in March. The industry has lost 30,000 jobs thus far in 2015, after adding 41,000 jobs in 2014. The employment declines in the first quarter of 2015, as well as the gains in 2014, were concentrated in support activities for mining, which includes support for oil and gas extraction.

Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in March (+9,000), following a large increase in the prior month (+66,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 33,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain in 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.


Anna Fedec | anna@tradingeconomics.com
4/3/2015 1:39:56 PM


Recent Releases

US Economy Adds 295K Jobs in February
US nonfarm payrolls increased by 295,000 last month after a downwardly revised 239,000 rise in January. Meanwhile, the jobless rate edged down to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. Published on 2015-03-06

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. Published on 2015-02-06


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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
295K 239K (R) 240K 284K
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Mar
126K 264K (R) 244K 225K
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  Apr
126K 243.9K
2015-06-05 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  MAY
251.9K
2015-07-03 01:30 PM
Non Farm Payrolls  JUN
238.5K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 126.00 264.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -3.00 0.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 129.00 264.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -1.00 2.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 295.00 267.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2325.00 2308.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 189.00 214.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148331.00 148297.00 148331.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8575.00 8705.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4879.00 4988.00 5594.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.63 1.73 2.80 1.63 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.30 11.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.40 106.98 106.98 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.60 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36594.00 50579.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.55 10.54 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.71 19.70 19.71 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 104.91 103.85 105.09 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 5133.00 4965.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.92 5.32 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Non Farm Payrolls Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
United States 126.00 Mar/15 264.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]