The manufacturing industry, a priority for President Donald Trump, saw more muted hiring in January when compared with December. The sector added 13,000 jobs last month versus December’s additional 32,000. Most of the net gains in manufacturing came from durable goods production, the sub-industry that produces goods with a life expectancies of three years or more, like cars, furniture and machinery.
“In January, employment grew in several industries, including leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing,” the Labor Department said in a release. “Within the [leisure and hospitality] industry, job gains occurred in food services and drinking places and in amusements, gambling, and recreation.”
Retail trade employment added 20,800 jobs for the month.