Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 140,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7%.
December’s decline ended 7 months of consecutive job growth.
Employment in leisure and hospitality declined by 498,000, employment in the amusements, gambling, and recreation industry declined by 92,000, Government employment declined by 45,000, and the accommodation industry declined 24,000.
Employment in professional and business services increased by 161,000, retail trade added 121,000 jobs, construction added 51,000 jobs, health care added 39,000 jobs, and manufacturing employment increased by 38,000.
In December, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 23 cents to $29.81.
The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls declined by 0.1 hour to 34.7 hours in December.