November 2019 Jobs Report Reveals U.S. Economy Gained 266,000 Jobs

Jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 266,000 jobs during November of 2019 while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent during the month, according to the November 2019 jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The jobs report for November 2019 showed the number of unemployed persons dropped to 5.8 million, while job gains occurred in manufacturing, health care, leisure and hospitality, professional and technical services, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and retail trade.

  • Manufacturing employment rose by 54,000 jobs in November, following a decline of 43,000 jobs in the prior month.
  • Health care employment added 45,000 jobs in November, following little employment change in October, and has added 414,000 jobs over the last 12 months.
  • Leisure and hospitality employment continued to trend up with 45,000 jobs added in November, and the industry has added 219,000 jobs over the last 4 months.
  • Professional and technical services employment increased by 31,000 jobs in November, and by 278,000 jobs over the last 12 months.
  • Transportation and warehousing employment continued on an upward trend in November with the addition of 16,000 jobs.
  • Retail trade employment added 2,000 jobs, with gains in general merchandise stores offsetting losses in clothing and clothing accessories stores.

On the negative side, the jobs report showed mining employment declined by 7,000 jobs in November 2019. Employment in other major industries including construction, wholesale trade, information, and government showed little change over the month.

The change in employment for September 2019 was revised from 180,000 jobs added to 193,000 jobs added while October 2019 was revised from 128,000 jobs added to 156,000 jobs added. With these revisions, gains in September 2019 and October 2019 combined were 41,000 jobs more than previously reported.

The jobs report is usually released on the first Friday of every month. The jobs report for December 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, January 10, 2020. Until then, the most recent jobs report will be available at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF).

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