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8:30 a.m. (ET) Friday, February 4, 2022.
William W. Beach
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Friday, February 4, 2022
Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 467,000 in January,
and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.0 percent.
Employment growth continued in leisure and hospitality, in
professional and business services, in retail trade, and in
transportation and warehousing.
Employment has increased by 19.1 million since April 2020
but is down by 2.9 million, or 1.9 percent, from its level
before the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in
February 2020. Monthly job growth averaged 555,000 in 2021.
Leisure and hospitality continued adding jobs in January
(+151,000). Employment in the industry grew by 2.4 million over
the year but is down by 1.8 million, or 10.3 percent, from its
February 2020 level. Within the industry, food services and
drinking places (+108,000) and accommodation (+23,000) added
jobs in January.
Professional and business services employment continued to
grow in January (+86,000). Over the month, job growth occurred
in management and technical consulting services (+16,000),
computer systems design and related services (+15,000),
architectural and engineering services (+8,000), and other
professional and technical services (+7,000). Employment
continued trending up in temporary help services (+26,000).
Employment in professional and business services is 511,000
higher than in February 2020, largely in temporary help services
(+185,000), computer systems design and related services
(+161,000), and management and technical consulting services
In January, retail trade continued adding jobs (+61,000).
Over the month, employment increased in general merchandise
stores (+29,000); health and personal care stores (+11,000);
sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (+7,000); and
building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Reta