Shipping, retail, factories drive November hiring

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2013 5:17 PM

Hiring picked up in November across a broad swath of industries, adding a mix of new jobs that should help the U.S. economy grow.

Factories brought on 27,000 new employees, the fourth straight month of gains and the most since March 2012. Construction firms contributed 17,000 jobs last month. Those are typically high-wage jobs.

More than 30,000 workers were added to transportation and warehousing payrolls last month. Many will help ship packages for online retailers during the busy holiday shopping season.

Still, a number of the jobs created were in lower-paying fields. Retail added more than 22,000, of which 13,800 jobs came from general merchandise stores, such as Target and Walmart. And restaurants hired 17,900 workers.

The federal government shed 7,000 workers. But state and local governments added 14,000, mostly in education.

Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:

Industry November October Past 12 months
Construction 17,000 12,000 178,000
Manufacturing 27,000 16,000 76,000
Retail 22,300 45,800 323,500
Transportation, warehousing 30,500 3,100 75,600
Information (Telecom, publishing) -1,000 4,000 -1,000
Financial services -3,000 7,000 83,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 35,000 48,000 643,000
Education and health 40,000 30,000 366,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 17,000 49,000 422,000
Government 7,000 -14,000 -22,000
Source: Labor Department