By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor

The U.S. economy continued its slow recovery in December 2010 as nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent during the month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — DECEMBER 2010’ report from the BLS showed that number of unemployed persons decreased by 556,000 to 14.5 million in December, down from 15.2 million. Overall, total payroll employment has increased by 1.1 million since December 2009, an average of 94,000 per month. Other findings in the jobs report:

  • Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 47,000 in December, with 25,000 jobs gained in food services and drinking places, a segment which overall has added 188,000 jobs since a recent low in December 2009.
  • Health care employment continued to expand In December with 36,000 jobs gained over the month in ambulatory services (+21,000), hospitals (+8,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+7,000).
  • Professional and business services employment continued to trend up in December with 16,000 jobs in temporary help services and has risen by 495,000 jobs since a recent low in September 2009.

In addition, employment in retail trade, manufacturing, construction, and most other service providing industries changed little over the month of December.

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