The Jobs Numbers: Who’s Hiring in America—and Who’s Not

U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, and the nation’s unemployment rate stayed the same at 4.1 percent, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. Meanwhile, average hourly pay for workers rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, to $26.63from $25.98.
Total number of jobs
Monthly change

Leaders & Laggards
Below are the industries with the highest and lowest rates of employment growth for the most recent month. Additionally, monthly growth rates are shown for the prior year. The latest month’s figures are highlighted. Wage data are shown when available.
Motion picture & sound recording industries
Gained 7,400 jobs
Current wage $24.38
Gained 800 jobs
Current wage $21.12
Museums & Similar Institutions; Entertainment Serv. in Recreational Facilities
Gained 2,200 jobs
Current wage $17.68
Other motor vehicle dealers
Gained 1,900 jobs
Current wage $18.86
Residential Building Construction
Gained 8,200 jobs
Current wage $23.51
Coal Mining
Lost 400 jobs
Current wage $30.37
General merchandise stores
Lost 27,300 jobs
Current wage $13.17
Other general merchandise stores
Lost 19,100 jobs
Accounting & bookkeeping services
Lost 15,400 jobs
Current wage $25.32
Petroleum & Coal Products
Lost 1,900 jobs
Current wage $39.63
December marked the 87th straight month of U.S. job growth, the longest such streak on record. Still, gains since the 2007–09 recession have been far from evenly spread across industries.
Search for an industry below to chart changes in employment or wages over time.
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Connecting the dots
Follow the dots in the chart below to see how shifts in employment have coincided with changes in average hourly pay from one month to the next. The greater the vertical distance between dots, the larger the change in wages; the greater the horizontal distance, the larger the change in total number of jobs.

Private Service-Providing
200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017Dec 201790.0M92.0M94.0M96.0M98.0M100M102M104MNumber of jobs$16$17$18$19$20$21$22Avg.hourlywage
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