January 08, 2001
Private-sector payroll employment grew by just 49,000 in December (seasonally adjusted), with overall growth held down by declines in manufacturing, construction, and help supply services.
In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing employment fell by 62,000 in December, bringing its loss for the year to 178,000. Construction employment fell by 13,000 in December, affected for the second month in a row by adverse weather.
In the service-producing sector, employment in services rose by 81,000 over the month. Help supply services lost 58,000 jobs in December, its third consecutive monthly decline.
Over the last 3 months of 2000, total payroll employment gains averaged 77,000, compared with an average monthly gain of 187,000 during the first 9 months of the year and 229,000 a month for all of 1999.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Private-sector employment up modestly in December on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/jan/wk2/art01.htm (visited September 21, 2014).
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