WASHINGTON — U.S. non-farm payroll employment grew by 304,000 jobs in January 2019, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Despite the strong job growth, the unemployment rate inched up to 4 percent from December 2018's 3.9 percent, largely because of the partial government shutdown in January, according to the BLS report issued Feb. 1.
The strongest job gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (up 74,000), construction (up 52,000) and health care (up 42,000), the BLS said. Manufacturing jobs grew by 13,000 for the month, while transportation and warehousing gained 27,000 jobs.
Retail trade jobs grew by 21,000; professional and business service jobs, by 30,000; and mining jobs by 7,000, the BLS said.
The BLS report contrasted as it usually does with the Jan. 30 report from payroll services firm ADP Inc., which issues a monthly report on private sector employment. (The BLS report includes government jobs.)
Private sector jobs grew by 213,000 in January, according to ADP. The largest job gains came in medium-sized businesses (50 to 499 employees), with 84,000. Large businesses (500 employees and up) grew by 68,000 jobs, small businesses (one to 49 employees) by 63,000, the report said.
Goods-producing sectors grew by 68,000 jobs, including 33,000 in manufacturing and 35,000 in construction, ADP said.
Service-providing sectors gained 145,000 jobs, including 48,000 for professional/business services and 13,000 for trade/transportation/utilities, it said.
Franchise employment grew by 33,000 jobs, including 2,600 among auto parts and dealers, ADP said.
"The labor market has continued its pattern of strong growth, with little sign of a slowdown in sight," Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hailed the January job figures as continuing good news for U.S. manufacturing.
"With 13,000 jobs created in January, manufacturing continues to stand out as one of the U.S. economy's best storylines," NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray said.
"The report shows that manufacturers are keeping their promise to hire more workers and raise wages in the wake of tax and regulatory reform," Mr. Moutray said.