WASHINGTON — U.S. nonfarm payroll employment grew by 200,000 jobs in January 2018, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent, according to the BLS report issued Feb. 2.
Manufacturing continued its upward trend in January, with 15,000 new jobs. So did construction (up 36,000 jobs), food services and drinking places (up 31,000 jobs) and health care (up 21,000 jobs), the BLS said.
There was little employment change in mining, wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing, or professional and business services, the agency said.
The 200,000 new jobs reported by the BLS contrasted with the 234,000 reported by payroll services firm ADP Inc., which issued its own monthly employment report Jan. 31.
Medium-sized businesses (50 to 499 employees) enjoyed the greatest employment increase, with 91,000 new jobs, according to ADP. Large businesses (500 or more employees) gained 85,000 jobs, and small businesses (one to 49 employees) gained 58,000, it said.
The largest job gains by sector were in trade/transportation/utilities (51,000 jobs), education/health services (47,000 jobs), professional/business services (46,000 jobs) and leisure/hospitality (46,000 jobs), ADP said.