United States Non Farm Payrolls  1939-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103K in March following a 326K gain in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Employment increased in manufacturing, health care, and mining. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 126.22 Thousand from 1939 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1115 Thousand in September of 1983 and a record low of -834 Thousand in October of 1949.

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US Economy Adds Less Jobs than Expected


Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 103 thousand in March of 2018, following an upwardly revised 326 thousand in February. It is the lowest reading since September and well below market expectations of 193 thousand. Employment grew in manufacturing, health care, and mining but fell in construction and retail sectors.

In March, employment in manufacturing rose by 22,000, with all of the gain in the durable goods component. Employment in fabricated metal products increased over the month (+9,000). Over the year, manufacturing has added 232,000 jobs; the durable goods component accounted for about three-fourths of the jobs added.

In March, health care added 22,000 jobs, about in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Employment continued to trend up over the month in ambulatory health care services (+16,000) and hospitals (+10,000). 

Employment in mining increased by 9,000 in March, with gains occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000) and in oil and gas extraction (+2,000). Mining employment has risen by 78,000 since a recent low in October 2016.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in March (+33,000) and has risen by 502,000 over the year. 

Retail trade employment changed little in March (-4,000), after increasing by 47,000 in February. In March, employment declined by 13,000 in general merchandise stores, offsetting a gain of the same size in February. Over the year, employment in retail trade has shown little net change.

In March, employment in construction also changed little (-15,000), following a large gain in February (+65,000). 

Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.5 hours in March. In manufacturing, the workweek edged down by 0.1 hour to 40.9 hours; overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.6 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by 0.1 hour to 33.7 hours. 

In March, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 8 cents to $26.82. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent. Average hourly earnings for private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.42 in March. 

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for January was revised down from +239,000 to +176,000, and the change for February was revised up from +313,000 to +326,000. With these revisions, employment gains in January and February combined were 50,000 less than previously reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses and government agencies since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors.) After revisions, job gains have averaged 202,000 over the last 3 months.


BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/6/2018 12:42:27 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-02 01:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 200K 160K 180K 215K
2018-03-09 01:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 313K 239K 200K 192K
2018-04-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 103K 326K 193K 201K
2018-05-04 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 103K 195K
2018-06-01 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 205K
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 178K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.10 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 103.00 326.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 102.00 320.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 1.00 6.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 22.00 32.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 232.00 233.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1863.00 1878.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 241.00 246.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155178.00 155215.00 155215.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6585.00 6706.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.50 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.90 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.82 0.86 2.80 0.82 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.50 9.00 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.93 108.40 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.77 108.80 108.80 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 5893.00 6252.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6052.00 6228.00 6231.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 60357.00 35369.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.42 22.38 22.42 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.47 4.73 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.35 21.31 21.35 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Population 325.72 323.41 325.72 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 [+]
Employment Rate 60.40 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 127434.00 127745.00 127745.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 27858.00 27548.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2240.00 2150.00 2240.00 2120.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1540.00 1460.00 1540.00 1420.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Non Farm Payrolls

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 April of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
103.00 326.00 1115.00 -834.00 1939 - 2018 Thousand Monthly




non farm payrolls by Country
Country Last
Brazil 56.15 Mar/18
Canada 16438.80 Jan/18
France 25073.00 Dec/17
Switzerland 4962.00 Dec/17
United States 103.00 Mar/18


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