WASHINGTON (March 8, 2016) — Total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. rose by 242,000 jobs in February 2016, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The unemployment rate remained steady from January at 4.9 percent, the BLS said in the report it issues March 4.
Health care (up 57,000 jobs), retail trade (up 55,000 jobs) and food services and drinking places (up 40,000 jobs) saw the greatest gains during the month, according to the BLS. However, such sectors as transportation and warehousing, professional and business services and mining either remained flat or dropped during February, it said.
Manufacturing lost 16,000 jobs in February, which — coupled with the $31.1 billion trade deficit with China for that month — paints a bleak picture for manufacturing employment prospects, according to Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.