Manufacturing and construction job gains in February
Employment picked up in the manufacturing and construction industries in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Construction employment increased by 58,000, with gains in specialty trade contractors (+36,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+15,000). Construction has added 177,000 jobs over the past 6 months.
Manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in February. Employment rose in food manufacturing (+9,000) and machinery (+7,000) but fell in transportation equipment (-6,000). Over the past 3 months, manufacturing has added 57,000 jobs.
Employment in mining increased by 8,000 in February, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Mining employment has risen by 20,000 since reaching a recent low in October 2016.
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent.