Menu

US industries ranked by job growth in 2012, at a glance

Nearly all major industries added jobs in 2012 for the second year in a row. The biggest gain occurred in professional and business services, a catch-all category that is made up of mostly high-paying jobs such as accountants, information technology workers, and management.

On the downside, about one-third of the job gains in that category came from temporary workers, which rarely have benefits and are typically lower paid.

All but two broad industries tracked by the Labor Department showed gains. The two that shed jobs were government and information. State and local governments have been cutting jobs for the past three years.

The information category, which includes broadcasting and data processing services, has been dragged down by losses in telecommunications and publishing.

Manufacturers added jobs for the third straight year, after shedding positions for 12 years in a row. Still, there are still almost 1.8 million fewer manufacturing jobs in the United States than five years ago.

Hiring by industry, 2012
(in thousands)Total jobs in December 2011Total jobs in December 2012Pct. ChangeChange
Prof. & business services17,59318,0652.7 %472
Health care14,18514,5232.4338
Restaurants, hotels, entertainment13,46413,7842.4320
Transportation, warehousing4,3224,4072.085
Education3,2793,3391.860
Mining and logging8228371.815
Wholesale trade5,5695,6601.691
Manufacturing11,80811,9881.5180
Retail14,73214,9001.1168
Financial services7,6967,776180
Construction5,5465,5640.318
Government21,99321,925-0.3-68
Information (Publishing, telecom)2,6452,625-0.8-20

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.29% dw 4.30%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.23% dw 3.29%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.67% up 4.58%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.33% dw 3.45%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.62% up 3.52%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.38% -- 4.38%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.11% -- 4.11%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.98% dw 4.99%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.39% dw 4.40%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.39% dw 4.40%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.89% dw 2.91%  
36 M Used Graph 3.40% dw 3.43%  
48 M New Graph 3.15% dw 3.19%  
48 M Used Graph 2.90% dw 2.97%  
60 M New Graph 3.16% dw 3.22%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.35% up 0.34%  
1 yr Graph 0.67% dw 0.68%  
5 yr Graph 1.38% -- 1.38%