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December Jobs Report: 148,000 Jobs Added

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate remained at 4.1% for the third consecutive month. The economy also added 148,000 jobs, lower than the expected 190,000 jobs. Job gains occurred in health care, construction, and manufacturing.

Here are some of the highlights for the month of December.


  • Unemployment remained at 4.1%
  • Wages increased by $0.09 to $26.63
  • Workweek hours remained at 34.5 hours

December 2017 Unemployment Rate


  • Unemployment for adult men was 3.8%
  • Unemployment for adult women was 3.7%
  • Unemployment was 2.5% for Asians, 6.8% for Blacks, 4.9% for Hispanics, and 3.7% for Whites.


  • Unemployment for persons without a high school diploma was 6.3%
  • Unemployment for persons with a high school diploma was 4.2%
  • Unemployment for persons with a bachelor's degree or higher was 2.1%

December 2017 Unemployment Rates By Education Level


  • Health care increased by 0.1%
  • Construction increased by 0.4%
  • Manufacturing increased by 0.2%
  • Leisure and hospitality increased by 0.2%
  • Retail trade decreased by 0.1%

December 2017 Employment By Industry


Read the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Situation Summary for more information. And subscribe to Recruitment ADvisor to get the best news straight to your inbox!

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