January 2019 Jobs Report Shows 304,000 Jobs Added to U.S. Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 304,000 jobs in January 2019 while the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent during the month, according to the January 2019 jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

January 2019 Jobs Report

The January 2019 jobs report showed the number of unemployed persons increased to 6.5 million while job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining.

  • Leisure and hospitality employment rose by 74,000 jobs in January 2019 and has added 410,000 jobs over the year.
  • Construction employment rose by 52,000 jobs in January 2019 and has added 338,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Health care employment rose by 42,000 jobs in January 2019 and has increased by 368,000 jobs over the year.
  • Professional and business services employment gained 30,000 jobs in January 2019 and has added 546,000 jobs over the year.
  • Transportation and warehousing employment rose by 27,000 jobs in January 2019 and has increased by 219,000 jobs over the year.
  • Retail trade employment added 21,000 jobs in January 2019 and has added 26,000 over the past 12 months.
  • Manufacturing employment added 13,000 jobs in January 2019 and has increased by 261,000 jobs over the year.
  • Mining employment increased by 7,000 jobs in January 2019 and has added 64,000 jobs over the year.

Employment in other major industries including wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government showed little change over the month, according to the January 2019 jobs report.

The change in employment for November 2018 was revised from 176,000 jobs added to 196,000 jobs added while December 2018 was revised from 312,000 jobs added to 222,000 jobs added. With these revisions, job gains were 70,000 jobs less than previously reported.

The jobs report is usually released on the first Friday of every month. The jobs report for February 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 8, 2019. Until then, the most recent jobs report will be available at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF).

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