Posted February 7, 2020

Construction jobs added in January but factory jobs declined

The construction industry added 44,000 jobs in January while manufacturing lost 12,000 jobs.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 225,000 in the month, and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 3.6 percent, largely because more Americans joined the labor force, which includes those working and looking for jobs.

Most of the gains in construction jobs were among specialty trade contractors, with increases in both the residential (+18,000) and nonresidential (+17,000) components. Construction added an average of 12,000 jobs per month in 2019.

Manufacturing employment decreased by 12,000 during the month and has shown little movement, on net, over the past 12 months. Motor vehicles and parts lost 11,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 28,000 in January. Job gains occurred in couriers and messengers (+14,000) and in warehousing and storage (+6,000). Over the year, employment in transportation and warehousing has increased by 106,000.

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