non·​farm | \ ˌnän-ˈfärm How to pronounce nonfarm (audio) \
variants: or non-farm

Definition of nonfarm

: not of or relating to farms or farming nonfarm job growth nonfarm products non-farm land

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Other Words from nonfarm

non-farming \ ˌnän-​ˈfär-​miŋ How to pronounce non-farming (audio) \ or nonfarming adjective
non-farming activities a nonfarming family

Examples of nonfarm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump touted June’s job growth during Thursday’s press briefing, citing reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which found that 4.8 million jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls, bringing the U.S. unemployment rate down to 11.1%. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Fauci says the country is headed in wrong direction as Trump pledges control," 2 July 2020 The nonfarm private sector created 2.4 million jobs in June, with 70% of new jobs in the leisure, hospitality, trade and construction industries, according to the ADP National Employment Report. Joe Wallace And Paul Vigna, WSJ, "S&P 500 Edges Up to Start Third Quarter," 1 July 2020 The state’s jobless rate dropped 2.1 percentage points in May as nonfarm employment rose 13,300 and a wave of businesses got the go-ahead from Gov. Jim Justice to resume operations. USA TODAY, "Airport number war, Navajo lockdowns, petition rules: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 In the services category, jobs in food services and drinking places rose by 1.4 million, accounting for about half of the gain in total nonfarm employment. Danny Dougherty, WSJ, "Where Employment Improved—and Where It Didn’t," 5 June 2020 Unemployment rates were higher and nonfarm payroll employment decreased in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's unemployment rate skyrockets to 16.9% in April," 22 May 2020 Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal forecast the new report will show that unemployment rose to 16.1% in April and that employers shed 22 million nonfarm payroll jobs—the equivalent of eliminating every job created in the past decade. Eric Morath, WSJ, "April Jobs Report Likely to Show Highest Unemployment Rate on Record," 3 May 2020 In Houston, Midland and Odessa, total nonfarm employment actually declined. Dallas News, "How vulnerable is D-FW’s economy? The last time North Texas fared worse than the U.S. was after 9/11," 13 Mar. 2020 The number of nonfarm private sector jobs added in January was changed to 209,0000, much lower than the 291,000 initially reported for that month. Allison Prang, WSJ, "U.S. Nonfarm Private Sector Adds 183,000 Jobs in February," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nonfarm

1865, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2020

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“Nonfarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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