Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February and the unemployment rate was down 0.1% to 4.7%, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care and mining.
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.