Payroll employment jumped by 235,000 in February. Construction alone accounted for almost a quarter of those increases, reflecting the unseasonably mild winter weather; projects usually shelved during the winter months were completed. Manufacturing also posted strong gains during the month, with food processing and machinery leading the way. Some of that stems from the rebound in investment in the shale industry. Mining employment posted solid gains of 8,000. Job creation related to the rebound in the oil sector shows up mostly in the manufacturing, rail and trucking industries. One exception in manufacturing: The vehicle sector, which had been a bright spot, shed 3,500 jobs as sales slackened.
Private education employment surprised to the upside in February, This category includes a broad spectrum of training and educational institutions, including online education, and indicates some willingness to train workers for specific jobs.