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Leisure and hospitality added an average of 79,000 jobs per month in 2022

January 10, 2023

In December, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000. Payroll employment rose by 4.5 million in 2022 (an average monthly gain of 375,000), less than the increase of 6.7 million in 2021 (an average monthly gain of 562,000). Employment rose by 67,000 in December in leisure and hospitality. For the year, leisure and hospitality added an average of 79,000 jobs per month, substantially less than the average gain of 196,000 jobs per month in 2021.

Change in nonfarm employment by industry, December 2022
Industry 1-month change 12-month change Average monthly change in 2022

Mining and logging

4,000 54,000 4,500


28,000 231,000 19,300


8,000 379,000 31,600

Wholesale trade

12,100 175,700 14,600

Retail trade

9,000 194,400 16,200

Transportation and warehousing

4,700 207,200 17,300


1,600 6,300 500


-5,000 148,000 12,300

Financial activities

5,000 134,000 11,200

Professional and business services

-6,000 605,000 50,400

Education and health services

78,000 950,000 79,200

Leisure and hospitality

67,000 946,000 78,800

Other services

14,000 173,000 14,400

Federal government

1,000 -1,000 -100

State government

-19,000 32,000 2,700

Local government

21,000 269,000 22,400

Employment in construction increased by 28,000 in December, as specialty trade contractors added 17,000 jobs. Construction employment increased by an average of 19,000 per month in 2022, little different than the average of 16,000 per month in 2021.

Employment in the other services industry continued to trend up in December (+14,000). Monthly job growth in other services averaged 14,000 in 2022, lower than the average of 24,000 per month in 2021.

Employment in professional and business services remained little changed in December (−6,000). Employment in temporary help services declined by 35,000 over the month and has fallen by 111,000 since July. Job growth in professional and business services averaged 50,000 per month in 2022, roughly half of the average of 94,000 per month in 2021.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2022." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Leisure and hospitality added an average of 79,000 jobs per month in 2022 at (visited March 03, 2024).

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