A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.
Education and health-related employers added 46,000 jobs, professional services 39,000. Over the past 12 months, those two sectors have combined for more than 1.2 million jobs.
Goods-producing industries also posted strong numbers. Construction added 39,000 jobs, manufacturing 22,000.
Two sectors recorded declines in January: Government, along with transportation and warehousing.
Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:
|Industry||Jan. 2015||Dec. 2014||Past 12 months|
|Information (Telecom, publishing)||6,000||4,000||47,000|
|Professional services (Accounting, temp work)||39,000||80,000||715,000|
|Education and health||46,000||48,000||509,000|
|Hotels, restaurants, entertainment||37,000||47,000||482,000|
|Source: Labor Department|