Hiring so far in 2014 has ranged broadly across many US industries

Economic Indicators Associated Press

This year's hiring boom hasn't been just about a couple of standout industries. All major sectors have posted impressive gains, reflecting the broad strength of the U.S. economy.

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Leading the charge have been professional and business services, a category that includes higher-paying jobs such as accountants and engineers. The sector added 631,000 jobs from January to November. Education and health services added 408,000, and leisure and hospitality 408,000.

Overall, U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November. So far this year, job gains have averaged 241,000 a month, putting 2014 on track to be the strongest year for hiring since 1999.

The unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 percent, the lowest level since July 2008.

Industry (change from previous month) November 2014 October 2014 Year to date Past 12 months
Construction 20,000 7,000 182,000 213,000
Manufacturing 28,000 20,000 156,000 171,000
Retail 50,200 34,200 259,200 290,000
Transportation, warehousing 16,700 15,300 122,500 142,500
Information (Telecom, publishing) 4,000 -5,000 20,000 2,000
Financial services 20,000 6,000 113,000 114,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 86,000 52,000 631,000 696,000
Education and health 38,000 37,000 408,000 429,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 32,000 55,000 334,000 377,000
Government 7,000 7,000 101,000 77,000
Source: Labor Department