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December 2023 Employment Report

In December, nonfarm payrolls increased by 216,000, exceeding industry expectations. The U.S. has now added jobs for 36 consecutive months. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7% in December, which is historically low. Of those who are unemployed, 35.6% have been unemployed for less than 5 weeks. Since 1948, the unemployment rate has averaged 5.7%.

Average nonfarm hourly wages in December 2023 increased by .4% to $34.27. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 4.1%. Within the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities subcategory, average hourly wages in December were $29.32, up 3.7% year-over-year.

Additional employment and wage data are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both NPGA and PERC have a variety of workforce tools to make attracting and retaining employees easier. Additional tools and resources for members can be accessed on the Workforce section of NPGA’s website. One such tool marketers can use to assist in recruiting is the NPGA Registered Apprenticeship Program.

For more information, contact NPGA’s Senior Manager of State Association Relations, Eric Sears.