The United States added 292,000 nonfarm jobs in the last month of 2015, according to the latest employment report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although these numbers are frequently revised, the December job growth number released today is not only stronger than in November, but the second-highest monthly job growth in 2015. (The bureau initially reported that the country added 211,000 jobs in November, which was revised up to 252,000 jobs in today's report.) Today's BLS number is 35,000 jobs higher than payroll company ADP and Moody's Analytics reported on Wednesday.
Construction, manufacturing, and architectural and engineering services all posted positive growth in December. Construction added 45,000 jobs, which is slightly slower growth than in November but still the second-strongest month for the industry in 2015. Manufacturing added 8,000 jobs, significantly higher than November's 2,000 jobs added, and the strongest growth since July. Architectural and engineering services added 4,800 jobs, bringing the sector back into positive growth territory after November's loss of 2,900 jobs.
Strong growth continued in specialty trade contractor jobs, which increased by 29,400 in December following November's addition of 37,100 jobs. (Revised from the initially reported 35,000 jobs, this latest figure—which could still be revised—indicates that November 2015 was the strongest month for the sector since March 2007.) Jobs in the construction of buildings increased by 10,100 last month. December was the second-strongest month of 2015 for that sector of the building industry. Residential construction added 23,100 jobs, and nonresidential construction added 16,400 jobs.
Charts data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics