Job Market

December 2024 Job Report: U.S. Economy added 216,000 jobs

The December 2024 Jobs Report shows the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7% in December 2023 from the month prior. According to the most recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), payroll employment increased by 216,000, surpassing many estimates of 170,000 and 3.8.  The number of unemployed people is also unchanged at 6.3 million.

The unemployment rate for college-degreed professionals 25 years and older remained unchanged at 2.1% from the month prior. Job seekers with some college or an associate degree increased to 3.1% from 2.8% in November.

The labor force participation rate is at 62.5%, a 0.3% decrease in December. The labor force participation rate showed little to no charge over 2023.

In December, employment trended up in government, health care, social assistance, and construction. Overall employment rose by 2.7 million in 2023 with an average monthly gain of 225,000.

Jobs added by industry:

  • Government: 52,000 jobs added
  • Leisure and Hospitality: 40,000 jobs added
  • Health Care: 38,000 jobs added
  • Social Assistance: 21,000 jobs added
  • Construction: 17,000 jobs added
  • Retail Trade: 17,000 jobs added
  • Professional and Business Services: 13,000 jobs added

Wage growth rose by 15 cents in December 2023

According to the report, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 15 cents or 0.4% to $34.27. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 4.1%.

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Sources: BLS, CNBC