Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 145,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5%,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Notable job gains occurred in retail trade and health care, while mining lost jobs.
Manufacturing employment was down by 12,000. Employment in the industry changed little in 2019, growing by 46,000, after increasing in 2018 by 264,000.
See the November report here.