Surprising United States Employment Statistics In 2017

According to report released by BLS on 7/04/2017 from the bureau of labor statistics, current trends in employment continue to increase in certain sectors while it decreases in other. In March for example, employment in all non farm jobs recorded an increase by 98000 while it drastically dropped by 38000 in January and February. Average hourly earnings went up by 2.7% but with an average of 34.3 in the month of March. Below are the highlights in every sector.

Mining and logging

Mining and support services had been low in employment since October 2016 but in 2016 it recorded an increase of 20,000 in march and 35000 more since January. The increase in population is favored by increase in domestic oil rig counts.


Employment in the construction industry has been rising steadily with a huge increase in employment on February by 59000. In average, all months this year has been recording an increase of 33000 as compared to the 20,000 that was the last 4 months of 2016.


Manufacturing industry also recorded an increase too, same and hand in hand with construction industry. It recorded an average increase of 17000 per month with March posting 11,000 jobs. There has been an increase of 67,000 jobs created since November 2016.

Wholesale trade

General wholesale stores lost about 35000 jobs in March thus affecting employment. It has since declined by 89000 since October 2016. However, if analysis was done from Jan 2016, the industry will illustrate an increase of 46,000 jobs only.

Transportation, warehousing and utilities

The transport and warehousing industry seems unchanged this year with a mere increase of jobs by 4000 in March. The overall increase in employment however for the last 12 months has risen up by 1.8%. Employment utilities decrease by 1000.


In the month of March, employment in this sector dropped by 3000. That is not all. People have been losing their employment since September totaling 39,000. Of the large contributing department in this sector is telecommunication department that resulted in 63% of the jobs lost.

Financial activities

Employment in this sector continued to scale up by 9000 over the months by maintaining an average of 15000 increases per month. So far, it has created over 45000 jobs due to a swell in finance and insurance activities.

Professional and business services

Architectural and engineering services tops in this industry by adding 7000 more jobs this year as compared to the 2000 it did in 2016. March leads in increase in employment with 22000 jobs created. This first quarter alone, this sector has created 151,000 jobs compared to 137,000 it posted in the last quarter of 2016. Services related to buildings led to increase of 17,000 jobs, administrative and waste services gave 33,000 jobs. Help services jobs was not left behind as it also increased by 11000

Private education and health services

Healthcare industry has added 20000 more jobs per month due to an increase of job creation by 9000 and 6000 in- inpatient and outpatient respectively.

“While the increase in employment is promising, we’re still seeing a ton of disputes between unions and companies, and individual employees who are being wrongfully dismissed, and thus the need for Employment Lawyers has grown substantially.” – says Brian of Hummingbird Lawyers LLP

Leisure and hospitality

Compared with last year 2016 where this sector was creating 23,000 jobs per month, it is posting an average of 20,000 per month this year. This records a drop of 3000 jobs that has been lost mainly by the entertainment and recreation industry.

Other services

This recorded flat results of 1000 increase in jobs every month all the year 2016. The trend is continued in 2017.


This is another sector that is recording a flat of 2000 increase with a slight change in March where it increased jobs by 9,000.

All above information are current and directly sourced from US Bureau of labor statistics.

Employment Law Case : Y Aslam, J Farrar & Others Vs. Uber London Ltd

The Employment Tribunal Case of Y Aslam, J Farrar & Others Vs. Uber London Ltd. (Employment Tribunal Case No. 2202550/15) dealing with the Employment Rights Act 1996 has been the most popular and most followed cases in the past year 2016. This case has gained a lot of attention and publicity during the trials.

This case was put forward to the Employment Tribunal on 19 July 2016 by Mr. Y Aslam and J. Farrar for the failure to pay the minimum wage under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and failure to provide paid leave associated with the Working Time Regulations 1998. Following the filing of this case by the Uber drivers, they have complained about the ill treatment by the company as well.

Uber informed the tribunal that as per company’s contractual rules and regulations, they employ the drivers on contractual terms. Hence, they are termed as the self-employed contractors instead of employees. Uber argued with the Tribunal that Uber operates its services through its Uber application and facilitates a swift and easy arrangement to its customers.

Having heard the arguments and the facts put forward by both, the claimants and Uber, Tribunal acknowledged the fact that it is Uber that runs the transportation business and employs drivers for the service to their customers. On the other hand, Mr. Aslam and other claimants do not offer such services. All the proceedings are carried out in the name of Uber and not in the name of drivers. The passengers are introduced by Uber to the drivers. The drivers do not have the right to negotiate the fare charges with the passengers. Instead, they are offered trips and accept the fare charges strictly on Uber’s terms. Moreover, the drivers work on the times decided by Uber and not themselves. The drivers provide their expert skills to Uber; which in turn delivers its services to passengers to make profits.

The Employment Tribunal reviewed the authenticity of the liaison between Uber and drivers and identified the following feature while imparting their decision on the matter.

1) It is the sole discretion of Uber to retain, accept or decline passenger bookings;

2) Uber interviews and recruits its drivers;

3) Uber controls key passenger information and does not disclose the same with its drivers;

4) Uber requires drivers to accept and not to cancel trips – it enforces this by �logging off’ drivers who breach these requirements;

5) Uber defines the default route for each trip and it is imperative for the driver to follow the same

6) Uber sets the fare and drivers do not have the rights to negotiate the fare with the passenger;

7) Uber imposes various conditions on drivers (including restrictions to their vehicle choice), instructs drivers as to how to undertake their work and controls the performance of their duties;

8) Uber subjects its drivers to a rating system in what substantially amounts to a performance management/disciplinary procedure;

9) Uber determines rebates to passengers, at times without first consulting the driver, despite the fact it may have a financial impact upon them

10) The guaranteed earnings schemes introduced by Uber now stands discontinued

11) Uber accepts the risk of loss to which its drivers would be liable if they were genuinely self-employed, an example of this would be in the case of fraud;

12) Uber handles passenger complaints, including complaints made against the driver; and

13) Uber reserves the capacity to unilaterally alter its drivers’ terms

Finally, on 28 October 2016, the Employment Tribunal in London (“Tribunal”) ruled that Mr. Aslam and Mr. J. Farrarr would now become �workers’ according to their engagement with Uber under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“Act”), as against to being self-employed drivers, regardless of their contracts.