Strong U.S. Job Growth Is Powered By An Array Of Industries

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...

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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:

IndustryJan. 2015Dec. 2014Past 12 months
Construction39,00044,000308,000
Manufacturing22,00026,000228,000
Retail45,9007,200293,300
Transportation, warehousing-8,60033,800155,800
Information (Telecom, publishing)6,0004,00047,000
Financial services26,0009,000159,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work)39,00080,000715,000
Education and health46,00048,000509,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment37,00047,000482,000
Government-10,0009,00080,000
Source: Labor Department
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