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February 2011 Employment Facts

The below facts are taken directly from the Burea of Labor Statistics website and can be found at:

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in February. Since a recent low in
February 2010, employment has grown by 1.3 million, or an average 106,000 per month.

Employment in the private sector rose by 222,000 in February. In the past 12 months, the
private sector has added 1.5 million jobs – an average of 127,000 per month.

In February, job gains in professional and business services were concentrated in
employment services.

Since September 2009, employment growth in professional and business services has
been driven primarily by temporary help services.

Average hourly earnings of all employees in the private sector were changed little in
February, following a 9-cent gain in January. Hourly earnings are up 1.7 percent over the

Employment in professional and business services expanded by 47,000 over the month,
and has increased by 601,000 since reaching a trough in September 2009.

Health care employment continued to increase in February (+34,000). Over the past 12
months, health care has added 278,000 jobs, or an average of 23,000 jobs per month.



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