The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data today stating that nationally, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 236,000 during the month of February and the unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent from the revised numbers for January. BLS also noted that private sector employment rose in the areas of professional and business services, construction and health care. In addition, BLS released revised statistics in total nonfarm payroll employment for December (+196,000 to +219,000) and January (+157,000 to +119,000). Monthly revisions of employment data result from additional reports received from businesses and the monthly recalculation of seasonal factors since the last published estimates.

The national employment summary for March 2013 and nonagricultural wage and salary data will be released by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, April 5, 2013.