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

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in January of 2016, lower than a downwardly revised 262,000 in the previous month and missing market expectations of 190,000. Job gains occurred in several industries, led by retail trade, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in private educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 122.69 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.

United States Non Farm Payrolls
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
151.00 262.00 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-12-04 01:30 PM NOV 211K 298K 200K 210K
2016-01-08 01:30 PM Dec 292K 252K 200K 205K
2016-02-05 01:30 PM Jan 151K 262K 190K 210K
2016-03-04 01:30 PM Feb 151K 222K
2016-04-01 12:30 PM Mar 204.9K
2016-05-06 12:30 PM Apr 211.3K

US Economy Adds 151K Jobs in January


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in January of 2016, lower than a downwardly revised 262,000 in the previous month and missing market expectations of 190,000. Job gains occurred in several industries, led by retail trade, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in private educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

Retail trade added 58,000 jobs in January, following essentially no change in December. Employment rose in general merchandise stores (+15,000), electronics and appliance stores (+9,000), motor vehicle and parts dealers (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishing stores (+7,000). Employment in retail trade has increased by 301,000 over the past 12 months, with motor vehicle and parts dealers and general merchandise stores accounting for nearly half of the gain. 

Employment in food services and drinking places rose in January (+47,000). Over the year, the industry has added 384,000 jobs.

Health care continued to add jobs in January (+37,000), with most of the increase occurring in hospitals (+24,000). Health care has added 470,000 jobs over the past 12 months, with about two-fifths of the growth occurring in hospitals.

Manufacturing added 29,000 jobs in January, following little employment change in 2015. Over the month, job gains occurred in food manufacturing (+11,000), fabricated metal products (+7,000), and furniture and related products (+3,000). 

Employment in financial activities rose in January (+18,000). Job gains occurred in credit intermediation and related activities (+7,000).

Private educational services lost 39,000 jobs in January due to larger than normal seasonal layoffs.

Employment in transportation and warehousing decreased by 20,000 in January. Most of the loss occurred among couriers and messengers (-14,000), reflecting larger than usual layoffs following strong seasonal hiring in the prior 2 months.

Employment in mining continued to decline in January (-7,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in the industry has fallen by 146,000, or 17 percent.

Employment in professional and business services changed little in January (+9,000), after increasing by 60,000 in December. Within the industry, professional and technical services added 25,000 jobs over the month, in line with average monthly gains over the prior 12 months. Employment in temporary help services edged down in January (-25,000), after edging up by the same amount in December. 

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

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in January. The manufacturing workweek edged up by 0.1 hour to 40.7 hours, and factory overtime was unchanged at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.8 hours. 

In January, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 12 cents to $25.39. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5 percent. In January, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose by 6 cents to $21.33. 

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was revised from  +252,000 to +280,000, and the change for December was revised from +292,000 to +262,000. With these revisions, employment gains in November and December combined were 2,000 lower than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 231,000 per month. Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses since the last published estimates and the recalculation of seasonal factors. The annual benchmark process also contributed to these revisions.

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/5/2016 1:42:59 PM

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.90 5.00 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 151.00 262.00 1115.00 -1967.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 158.00 251.00 1089.00 -814.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -7.00 11.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 29.00 13.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 285.00 278.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2255.00 2268.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 205.00 229.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 150544.00 149929.00 150544.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 7791.00 7904.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.50 0.00 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.60 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.30 2.80 1.30 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.20 11.20 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.67 105.93 106.50 27.56 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 109.47 106.85 107.23 17.12 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 4972.00 5604.00 6197.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 5431.00 5377.00 5668.00 2146.00 Thousands [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 75100.00 105696.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 21.33 21.22 21.33 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.46 4.27 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 20.15 20.16 20.16 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.60 1.60 0.20 Percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 0.40 2.90 28.50 -43.60 [+]
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 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1440.00 1500.00 1500.00 1440.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4000.00 4100.00 4100.00 4000.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 27364.00 27359.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.60 59.50 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 123141.00 122603.00 123141.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]




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