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Nonfarm employment rose by 266,000 in November 2019

December 10, 2019

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in November 2019. Job growth averaged 180,000 per month thus far in 2019, compared with an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018. In November, within education and health services, health care added 45,000. Employment also increased in manufacturing (+54,000), reflecting the return of workers from a strike.

Employment change by industry, November 2019, seasonally adjusted
Industry 1-month net change[p] 12-month net change[p]

Mining and logging

-7,000 -5,000


1,000 146,000


54,000 76,000

Wholesale trade

-4,300 63,600

Retail trade

2,000 -31,400

Transportation and warehousing

15,500 73,300


500 -4,300


13,000 6,000

Financial activities

13,000 116,000

Professional and business services

38,000 417,000

Education and health services

74,000 679,000

Leisure and hospitality

45,000 420,000

Other services

9,000 86,000


12,000 162,000

[p] = preliminary.

Within professional and business services, employment in professional and technical services increased by 31,000 in November and by 278,000 over the last 12 months. From November 2018 to November 2019, employment in professional and business services increased by 417,000. 

In November 2019, employment in leisure and hospitality continued to trend up (+45,000). The industry added 219,000 jobs over the last 4 months and 420,000 over the year.

Employment in transportation and warehousing continued on an upward trend in November 2019 (+16,000). Within the industry, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+8,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Over the year, employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 73,300.

Employment showed little change in November in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, information, and government. 

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2019." We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment rose by 266,000 in November 2019 at (visited July 23, 2024).

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