August Employment Statistics from BLS

Thursday, September 9, 2010
In August, nonfarm payroll employment changed little (-54,000), and the unemployment rate was about unchanged at 9.6 percent.  Large declines in federal government employment continued as additional Census 2010 workers completed their temporary jobs.  Private-sector employment continued to trend up modestly (+67,000) and has increased by an average of 72,000 per month over the past 4 months.

In August, federal government employment fell for the third consecutive month.  The number of temporary Census 2010 workers declined by 114,000, following declines of 225,000 and 143,000 in June and July, respectively.  This leaves 82,000 temporary decennial census workers on the payroll.

Health care continued to add jobs (+28,000) in August, with employment increases in both ambulatory health care services and hospitals.  Employment in mining (+8,000) also continued to expand, reflecting ongoing job gains in support activities for mining.

Temporary help services employment was up over the month (+17,000), following virtually no gain in July.  Since September of last year, this industry has added 392,000 jobs.

Manufacturing employment fell by 27,000 over the month, mostly offsetting an increase in July.  As with Julyzs gain, most of Augustzs decline occurred in motor vehicles and parts manufacturing, where a number of plants deviated from their normal retooling practice of shutting down in July and reopening in August.  Over the 2-month span, employment was essentially unchanged in motor vehicles and parts.
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