Payroll employment in September 2009
October 05, 2009
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 263,000 in September. From May through September, job losses averaged 307,000 per month, compared with losses averaging 645,000 per month from November 2008 to April. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, payroll employment has fallen by 7.2 million.
In September, construction employment declined by 64,000. Since December 2007, employment in construction has fallen by 1.5 million.
Employment in manufacturing fell by 51,000 in September. Employment in manufacturing has contracted by 2.1 million since the onset of the recession.
In the service-providing sector, the number of jobs in retail trade fell by 39,000 in September.
Employment in transportation and warehousing continued to trend down in September. The number of jobs in financial activities, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and information showed little or no change over the month.
Employment in health care continued to increase in September (19,000), with the largest gain occurring in ambulatory health care services (15,000).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. August 2009 and September 2009 payroll employment figures are preliminary. Employment and unemployment data can be found in "The Employment Situation — September 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1180.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment in September 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091005.htm (visited April 28, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.