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

Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 223 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in April. It is the highest reading in 3 months, beating market expectations of 189 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 126.47 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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Non farm payrolls in the United States increased by 223 thousand in May of 2018, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in April and well above market expectations of 189 thousand. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).  

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000).

Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000). Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries. 

Mining added 6,000 jobs in May. Since a recent low point in October 2016, employment in mining has grown by 91,000, with support activities for mining accounting for nearly all of the increase.

In May, employment changed little in other major industries, including wholesale trade, 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 May. In manufacturing, the workweek decreased by 0.2 hour to 40.8 hours, and overtime edged down by 0.2 hour to 3.5 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls remained at 33.8 hours. 

In May, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 8 cents  to $26.92. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 7 cents to $22.59 in May. 

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised up from +135,000 to +155,000, and the change for April was revised down from +164,000 to +159,000. With these revisions, employment gains in March and April combined were 15,000 more than previously reported. After revisions, job gains have averaged 179,000 over the last 3 months.


BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/1/2018 12:41:37 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 103K 326K 193K 201K
2018-05-04 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 164K 135K 192K 195K
2018-06-01 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 223K 159K 189K 185K
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 223K 188K 178K
2018-08-03 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 191K
2018-09-07 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls 201K


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.80 3.90 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 223.00 159.00 1115.00 -834.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 218.00 162.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5.00 -3.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 18.00 25.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 218.00 221.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1723.00 1701.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 178.00 163.00 384.00 -836.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 155474.00 155181.00 155474.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6065.00 6346.00 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 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.74 0.80 2.80 0.74 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.70 8.40 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 110.16 109.37 110.16 17.13 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.05 108.94 109.05 27.62 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7195.00 6469.00 7195.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6698.00 6633.00 6698.00 2196.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 31517.00 36081.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 22.59 22.52 22.59 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.56 4.58 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 21.39 21.49 21.49 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.80 0.60 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 60.30 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 128657.00 127753.00 128657.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26883.00 27508.00 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 June of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
223.00 159.00 1115.00 -834.00 1939 - 2018 Thousand Monthly




non farm payrolls by Country
Country Last
Brazil 33.66 May/18
Canada 16491.90 Feb/18
France 25172.10 Mar/18
Switzerland 4961.00 Mar/18
United States 223.00 May/18


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