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

The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JANUARY 2011’ –shows the unemployment rate in the United States declined from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent and the number of unemployed persons fell by approximately 600,000 to 13.9 million people in January 2011.

According to a Statement on the Employment Situation from the Commissioner of the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonfarm payroll employment added 36,000 jobs, and has increased by one million jobs since a recent low point in February 2010. While employment in most major industries changed little in January, the report revealed that there were some gains in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing employment grew by 49,000 over the month and has increased by 161,000 jobs since a recent low point in December 2009. Employment increased in motor vehicles and parts (+20,000 jobs), fabricated metal products (+13,000 jobs), machinery (+10,000 jobs), and computer and electronic products (+5,000) in January.
  • Retail trade added 28,000 jobs over the month, including an increase in clothing stores (+15,000 jobs). Employment in retail trade has increased by 123,000 jobs since a recent low point in December 2009.
  • Health care employment added 11,000 jobs over the month and has added an average of 22,000 jobs per month over the past 12 months.

On the negative side, employment in transportation and warehousing decreased by 38,000 jobs over the month, and construction employment continued to decline in January with a loss of 32,000 jobs, possibly due to severe winter weather impacting this industry in many parts of the country.

The Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. EST / 5:30 a.m. PST.

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