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Employment up 2,443,000 over the year ending November 2018

December 11, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November 2018. Over the November 2017 to November 2018 period, employment increased by 2,443,000, or 1.7 percent.

12-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, by industry, November 2018
Industry 12-month change in employment 12-month percent change

Total nonfarm

2,443,000 1.7%

Total private

2,395,000 1.9


623,000 3.1

Mining and logging

53,000 7.6


282,000 4.0


288,000 2.3

Private service-providing

1,772,000 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

307,000 1.1


-21,000 -0.8

Financial activities

119,000 1.4

Professional and business services

561,000 2.7

Education and health services

473,000 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

268,000 1.7

Other services

65,000 1.1


48,000 0.2

Federal government

1,000 0.0

State government

-14,000 -0.3

Local government

61,000 0.4

Employment in professional and business services increased 561,000 over the year ended November 2018, an increase of 2.7 percent.

Education and health services employment increased 473,000, or 2.0 percent, over the past year. Health care added 328,000 jobs over this 12-month period.

Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities was up 307,000, or 1.1 percent. Over the year, transportation and warehousing added 192,000 jobs.

Manufacturing employment increased by 288,000, or 2.3 percent, over the year.

The over-the-year employment increase in mining and logging was 53,000, or 7.6 percent—the largest percentage change among the major industries. Construction employment increased 282,000, or 4.0 percent.

Information and state government experienced decreases in employment from November 2017 to November 2018.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "The Employment Situation — November 2018" to learn more. For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 2,443,000 over the year ending November 2018 at (visited July 13, 2024).

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