Employment Increased by 379K in Feb., Unemployment Steady

Washington, DC, March 5, 2021-Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 379,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. 

The labor market continued to reflect the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In February, most of the job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, with smaller gains in temporary help services, health care and social assistance, retail trade, and manufacturing. Employment declined in state and local government education, construction, and mining.