Econintersect: There were 1.8 million new jobs in 2012. An article by Jordan Weissmann at The Atlantic gives a great deal of the descriptive data available about those jobs. The largest industry gains came in professional and business services and the biggest losses were in government. Health care and social assistance jobs were the second largest sector in job gains. But all must not be well because the third largest industry for job gains was for food service and drinking places. Apparently the economy is still driving citizens to drink.
Within the business and professional services sector, the largest component was in employment services, which included temps.
College grads gained the most jobs while less than highschool education lost more than half a million jobs.
Here is one of the great graphics from The Atlantic: