The leisure and hospitality category added 55,000 jobs. The category includes restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment — all of which recorded jobs gains.
Builders added 38,000 construction jobs, while manufacturers increased their payrolls by 32,000 workers.
Overall, U.S. employers added 312,000 jobs in December. The unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent, but that's because more people came off the sidelines to look for jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.
|Industry (change from previous month)||December 2018||November 2018||Past 12 months|
|Information (Telecom, publishing)||-1,000||-5,000||-16,000|
|Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work)||43,000||44,000||583,000|
|Education and health||82,000||21,000||517,000|
|Hotels, restaurants, entertainment||55,000||18,000||306,000|
|Source: Labor Department|