235,000 Jobs Added in February

Posted by Paladin on March 09, 2017

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report:

The second jobs report of 2017 showed that the economy continues to trend positively. The Labor Department reports that 235,000 jobs were added in February. The unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, down .2 percent year-over-year. The actual number of jobs added far exceeded the predicted number of 190,000, and as a result, there is an increased likelihood of a rate increase by the Fed when they meet next week. Despite this, emerging-market currencies surged following the report’s release.

In February, jobs were added in construction (58,000), private educational services (29,000), manufacturing (28,000), health care (27,000) and mining (8,000). The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised down from 157,000 to 155,000, while January was revised up from 227,000 to 238,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January combined were 9,000 more than previously reported. Job gains have averaged 209,000 over the past three months.

President Trump’s first full month saw a large increase in jobs, an indication that the economy is very healthy right now. However, economists say that it will be very difficult for Trump to fulfill his promise to create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years amid an already-low unemployment rate and Boomers retiring at rapid rates. It is also uncertain how a rate hike by the Fed would impact the growth trend.

Economists’ predictions

Economists predicted 190,000 additions ahead of this morning’s jobs report and the report exceeded expectations with 235,000 jobs added.

February jobs report

This Month’s Jobs Report

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

In February, hourly wages increased by $0.06 to $26.09 per hour, following a 5-cent increase in January. This brings the year-over-year wage percentage increase to 2.8 percent. The unemployment rate saw a slight decrease to 4.7 percent.

  • $26.09 February
    • 0.06 month-over-month
    • 2.8% year-over-year
  • $26.03 January


  • 4.7% February
    • -.1% month-over-month
  • 4.8% January

february jobs report

In-Depth Look: Our Industries

Let’s dive right into a look at how our industries compare to the national numbers:


  • Month-over-month change: 28,000
  • 7,000 jobs added year-over-year

Administrative and support services

  • Month-over-month change: 10,300
  • 243,200 jobs added year-over-year


  • Month-over-month change: 6,300
  • 104,000 jobs added year-over-year


  • Month-over-month change: 58,000
  • 219,000 jobs added year-over-year

Professional and business services

  • Month-over-month change: 37,000
  • 597,000 jobs added year-over-year

Transportation and warehousing

  • Month-over-month change: 8,800
  • 101,000 jobs added year-over-year

Office administrative services

  • Month-over-month change: 3,100
  • 26,800 jobs added year-over-year

Health care

  • Month-over-month change: 26,800
  • 356,600 jobs added year-over-year

In-Depth Look: Creative and Marketing Jobs

Taking a closer look at the industries subsectors:


  • Month-over-month: -500
  • Year-over-year: -800

Motion Picture and Sound Recording

  • Month-over-month: -900
  • Year-over-year: +4,400

Data processing, hosting and related services

  • Month-over-month: -700
  • Year-over-year: +2,700

Specialized Design

  • Month-over-month: -200
  • Year-over-year: +5,600


  • Month-over-month: +1,400
  • Year-over-year: +3,200

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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