Economic Research and Data

Economic Trends

Filling you in on the current state of the economy

Labor Market Conditions

  Average monthly change
(thousands of employees, NAICS)
2003 2004 2005 Jan.-
Dec. 2006
Jan. 2007
Payroll employment
9
172
212
187
111
Goods-producing
–42
28
32
9
7
  Construction
10
26
35
12
22
  Manufacturing
–51
0
–7
–7
–16
  Durable goods
–32
8
2
–1
–28
  Nondurable goods
–19
–9
–9
–6
12
Service-providing
51
144
180
178
104
  Retail Trade
–4
16
19
–4
4
  Financial activities*
7
8
14
15
4
  PBS**
23
38
57
42
25
  Temporary help svcs.
12
11
18
–1
5.7
  Education & health svcs.
30
33
36
41
31
  Leisure and hospitality
19
25
23
37
23
  Government
–4
14
14
20
14
  Average for period (percent)
Civilian unemployment rate
6.0
5.5
5.1
4.6
4.6

a. Financial activities include the finance, insurance, and real estate sector and the rental and leasing sector.
b. PBS is Professional Business Services (professional, scientific, and technical services, management of companies and enterprises, administrative and support, and waste management and remediation services).
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

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