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​These sectors are adding the most jobs

WASHINGTON - The best places to look for work last month? Retail, restaurants and health care.

According to the January payroll report released Friday morning, those sectors alone accounted for more than 140,000 added jobs, helping offset losses in such areas as mining, education and transportation.

U.S. retailers added nearly 58,000 jobs in January. Stores selling clothing, furniture and electronics ramped up hiring. So did dealers selling cars and auto parts.

Restaurants and bars continued their hiring spree. Americans appear to be using some of the extra money they have from lower gas prices to eat out. The hiring momentum also remained strong at hospitals, physicians' offices and home health services.

Manufacturers added a solid 29,000 workers, even though a strong dollar and a fragile global economy are squeezing exports of U.S. goods.

Other sectors didn't fare so well. Education services shed 38,500 workers. The transportation and warehousing sector downsized by 20,300, likely letting go of seasonal workers after the holiday shopping season. The ranks of temporary workers fell by 25,200.

Job losses kept mounting in mining, a sector battered by lower energy prices. Since peaking in September 2014, that sector has lost 146,000 jobs.

Overall, U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs in January, a sharply slower pace than in recent months. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent from 5.0 percent.

Job creation for the past two months and past year

Construction

Jan. 2016: 18,000
Dec. 2015: 48,000
Past 12 months: 264,000

Manufacturing

Jan. 2016: 29,000
Dec. 2015: 13,000
Past 12 months: 45,000

Retail

Jan. 2016: 57,700
Dec. 2015: -800
Past 12 months: 301,100

Transportation, warehousing

Jan. 2016: -20,300
Dec. 2015: 17,000
Past 12 months:88,400

Information (telecom, publishing)

Jan. 2016: 1,000
Dec. 2015: 8,000
Past 12 months: 28,000

Financial services

Jan. 2016: 18,000
Dec. 2015: 10,000
Past 12 months: 149,000

Professional services (accounting, engineering, temp work)

Jan. 2016: 9,000
Dec. 2015: 60,000
Past 12 months: 620,000

Education and health

Jan. 2016: 6,000
Dec. 2015: 54,000
Past 12 months: 644,000

Hotels, restaurants, entertainment

Jan. 2016: 44,000
Dec. 2015: 31,000
Past 12 months: 458,000

Government

Jan. 2016: -7,000
Dec. 2015: 11,000
Past 12 months: 78,000

Source: Labor Department

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