Business services, builders lead Feb. US job gains

Industries at a glance: business services, builders and retailers lead February US job gains

Associated Press

U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs in February, a robust month of hiring that spread across most major industries.

Professional and business services led all industries with 73,000 net jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. Of those, 16,000 were temporary positions.

Construction firms added 48,000 jobs and have created 151,000 jobs since September. A recovery in housing and a low inventory of homes for sale have combined to drive more demand for homebuilding.

And it appears retailers are optimistic about consumer spending this year, even with gas prices rising and Americans paying higher Social Security taxes. Retail stores added 23,700 jobs last month after adding 29,000 in January.

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

Industry February January Past 12 months
Construction 48,000 25,000 140,000
Manufacturing 14,000 12,000 107,000
Retail 23,700 29,000 252,100
Transportation, warehousing -1,300 -20,400 87,700
Information (Telecom, publishing) 20,000 1,000 16,000
Financial services 7,000 6,000 104,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 73,000 16,000 488,000
Education and health 24,000 9,000 354,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 24,000 30,000 332,000
Government -10,000 -21,000 -101,000
Source: Labor Department
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