Construction, manufacturing, services powered robust US job growth in January

Economic Indicators Associated Press

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.

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Education and health-related employers added 46,000 jobs, professional services 39,000. Over the past 12 months, those two sectors have combined for more than 1.2 million jobs.

Goods-producing industries also posted strong numbers. Construction added 39,000 jobs, manufacturing 22,000.

Two sectors recorded declines in January: Government, along with transportation and warehousing.

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

Industry Jan. 2015 Dec. 2014 Past 12 months
Construction 39,000 44,000 308,000
Manufacturing 22,000 26,000 228,000
Retail 45,900 7,200 293,300
Transportation, warehousing -8,600 33,800 155,800
Information (Telecom, publishing) 6,000 4,000 47,000
Financial services 26,000 9,000 159,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 39,000 80,000 715,000
Education and health 46,000 48,000 509,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 37,000 47,000 482,000
Government -10,000 9,000 80,000
Source: Labor Department