United States Non Farm Payrolls  1939-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 261 thousand in October of 2017, compared with market expectations of a 310 thousand rise. Employment in food services and drinking places increased sharply over the month, mostly offsetting a decline in September that largely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In October, employment also increased in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. The September figure was revised up to an 18 thousand rise, compared to an initial estimate of a 33 thousand decline. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 125.77 Thousand from 1939 until 2017, 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 261K Jobs in October


Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 261 thousand in October of 2017, compared with market expectations of a 310 thousand rise. Employment in food services and drinking places increased sharply over the month, mostly offsetting a decline in September that largely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In October, employment also increased in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. The September figure was revised up to an 18 thousand rise, compared to an initial estimate of a 33 thousand decline.

Employment in food services and drinking places rose sharply in October (+89,000), following a decrease of 98,000 in September when many workers were off payrolls due to the hurricanes.

Professional and business services added 50,000 jobs in October, about in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Manufacturing employment rose by 24,000 in October, with job gains in computer and electronic products (+5,000) and chemicals (+4,000). Employment in fabricated metals continued to trend up (+4,000). Manufacturing has added 156,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.

Health care added 22,000 jobs in October. Employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up over the month (+16,000). Health care has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month thus far in 2017, compared with an average gain of 32,000 per month in 2016.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little in October.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.4 hours in October. In manufacturing, the workweek increased by 0.2 hour to 41.0 hours, and overtime edged up by 0.1 hour to 3.5 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 33.7 hours. 

Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, at $26.53, were little changed in October (-1 cent), after rising by 12 cents in September. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 63 cents, or 2.4 percent. In October, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees, at $22.22, were little changed (-1 cent). 

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for August was revised up from +169,000 to +208,000, and the change for September was revised up from -33,000 to +18,000. With these revisions, employment was 90,000 higher than previously reported. After revisions, job gains have averaged 162,000 over the last 3 months.

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
11/3/2017 12:55:14 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-01 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 156K 189K 180K 190K
2017-10-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls -33K 169K 90K 100K
2017-11-03 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 261K 18K 310K 320K
2017-12-08 01:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 261K 250K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.20 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 261.00 18.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 252.00 15.00 1089.00 -816.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 9.00 3.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 24.00 6.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 239.00 252.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1904.00 1868.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 235.00 110.00 384.00 -846.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153861.00 154345.00 154345.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6520.00 6801.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.00 0.50 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.40 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 63.10 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.08 1.08 2.80 1.01 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.00 9.10 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 108.96 108.83 109.07 17.12 Index Points [+]
Productivity 108.87 108.07 108.87 27.60 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 6114.00 6200.00 6502.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6093.00 6090.00 6140.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 29831.00 32346.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.22 22.23 22.23 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.07 20.96 21.07 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 3.22 2.75 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.50 1.60 0.20 percent [+]
Labor Market Conditions Index 1.50 3.30 32.00 -48.40 Index Points [+]
Population 324.30 322.06 324.30 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 [+]
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 [+]
Part Time Employment 27235.00 27650.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 126667.00 126690.00 126690.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.20 60.40 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 2090.00 1830.00 2100.00 1650.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4290.00 4120.00 4320.00 3640.00 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 November of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
261.00 18.00 1115.00 -834.00 1939 - 2017 Thousand Monthly




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