Posted February 4, 2022

Factory jobs rose in January but construction employment declined

Manufacturers added 13,000 jobs during January, with durable goods manufacturing adding 8,000 jobs while non-durable goods manufacturers added 5,000 workers.

Construction employment fell by 5,000 during the month, and mining and logging industry employment dropped by 4,000.

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 54,000 in January and is 542,000 higher than in February 2020. In January, job gains occurred in couriers and messengers (+21,000), warehousing and storage (+13,000), truck transportation (+8,000), and air transportation (+7,000). All four of these component industries have surpassed their February 2020 employment levels, with particularly strong growth in warehousing and storage (+410,000) and couriers and messengers (+236,000).

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 467,000 in January, and the unemployment rate inched up to 4.0 percent.

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