Construction employment was flat in November. Job gains in general build-
ing contractors were offset by losses in heavy construction. Construction
industry employment has shown no net growth since spring of this year.
Employment in the services industry rose by 50,000 in November. Health
services added 27,000 jobs, with hospitals accounting for about half of
this increase. Over the past 12 months, employment in the health services
industry has risen by 278,000. In November, employment also rose in several
other services industries, including engineering and management, agricultural
services, and auto repair and parking services. Employment in help supply
services decreased by 23,000 in November; this followed declines that totaled
65,000 in the prior 2 months. The industry had added 167,000 jobs from Feb-
In finance, employment continued to increase in mortgage brokerages
(5,000) as refinancing activity maintained a healthy pace. Employment
in mortgage brokerages has grown by 106,000 since its low point in
Weekly Hours (Establishment Survey Data)
The average workweek for production or nonsupervisory workers on private
nonfarm payrolls was unchanged in November at 34.2 hours, seasonally adjusted.
The manufacturing workweek and factory overtime also were unchanged at 40.7
hours and 4.1 hours, respectively. (See table B-2.)
The index of aggregate weekly hours of production or nonsupervisory workers
on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged in November at 148.1 (1982=100),
seasonally adjusted. The manufacturing index was down by 0.4 percent over
the month to 91.0. (See table B-5.)
Hourly and Weekly Earnings (Establishment Survey Data)
Average hourly earnings of production or nonsupervisory workers on
private nonfarm payrolls increased by 4 cents in November to $14.93,
seasonally adjusted, following a similar increase (as revised) in October.
Average weekly earnings rose by 0.3 percent over the month to $510.61.
Over the year, average hourly earnings were up by 2.9 percent and average
weekly earnings rose by 3.2 percent. (See table B-3.)