Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 148,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1%, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Employment gains occurred in health care, construction and manufacturing. In 2017, payroll employment growth totaled 2.1 million, compared with a gain of 2.2 million in 2016.
In December, manufacturing employment rose by 25,000, largely reflecting a gain in durable goods industries (+21,000). Manufacturing added 196,000 jobs in 2017, following a loss of 16,000 in 2016.