156,000 Jobs Added in December

Posted by Paladin on January 06, 2017

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: 156,000 Jobs Added in December

The US economy added 156,000 jobs in December according to employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate raised slightly to 4.7 percent this month.

In December, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised down from 142,000 to 135,000 and November was revised up from 178,000 to 204,000. With these revisions, employment gains in October and November combined were 19,000 more than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 165,000 per month. Private-sector employment is on its longest streak of growth on record.

As 2016 comes to an end, all eyes are on the jobless rate and the wage growth. The unemployment rate, at 4.7 percent, and the number of unemployed 7.5 million, changed little in December. After the rise in average hourly earnings hit a seven-year high of 2.8 percent in October, wages dipped in November, but rose again by 10 cents in December. However, the average increase in hourly earnings is a significant uptick – most likely due to the anticipated FLSA ruling on raising minimum wage.

Economists’ predictions

Economists predicted 175,000 additions ahead of this morning’s jobs report and the report did not quite meet expectations. 156,000 jobs were added this month which is nearly in line with the six months growth pattern.


This Month’s Report

Let’s break down the numbers from this month’s report.

In December, hourly wages increased by $0.10 to $26 per hour, bringing the year-over-year wage percentage increase to 2.9 percent. The unemployment rate saw a slight uptick to 4.7 percent.

  • Wages:
    • $26 December
      • + $0.10 month-over-month
      • + 2.9% year-over-year
    • $25.90 November
  • Unemployment:
    • 4.7% December
      • +0.1% month-over-month
    • 4.6% November


In-Depth Look: Our Industries

Let’s have a look at how our industries compare to the national numbers.

  • Let’s dive right into a look at how our industries compare to the national numbers:
    • Professional and business services
      • Month-over-month change: +15,000
      • +522,000 jobs added year-over-year
    • Construction
      • Month-over-month change: -3,000
      • +102,000 jobs added year-over-year
    • Manufacturing
      • Month-over-month change: 17,000
      • -45,000 jobs lost year-over-year
    • Transportation and warehousing
      • Month-over-month change: +14,700
      • +62,100 year-over-year job gains
    • Health care
      • Month-over-month change: +43,200
      • +421,700 year-over-year job gains
    • Hospitals
      • Month-over-month change: +10,700
      • +139,500 jobs added in the last year
    • Administrative and support services
      • Month-over-month change: +400
      • +187,300 jobs added year-over-year
    • Office Administrative Services
      • Month-over-month change: +1,700
      • +21,700 jobs added year-over-year

In-Depth Look: Creative and Marketing Jobs

Taking a closer look at the industries subsectors:

  • Publishing
    • Month-over-month: -500
    • Year-over-year: +400
  • Motion Picture and Sound Recording
    • Month-over-month: -7,100
    • Year-over-year: +11,500
  • Data processing, hosting and related services
    • Month-over-month: 1,600
    • Year-over-year: +300
  • Specialized Design
    • Month-over-month: +600
    • Year-over-year: +3,800
  • Advertising
    • Month-over-month: -2,600
    • Year-over-year: -200

The market remains extremely competitive for employers hoping to hire top creative and marketing professionals. To get ahead of your competitors and add exceptional professionals to your workforce, make sure you are offering a competitive salary. Our 2017 Salary Guide is here

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