Payroll employment up 169,000 in August 2013
September 09, 2013
In August 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000, about in line with the average monthly gain of 184,000 over the prior 12 months. Job growth occurred in retail trade and health care, while employment in information declined.
|Industry||Aug 2012||Sep 2012||Oct 2012||Nov 2012||Dec 2012||Jan 2013||Feb 2013||Mar 2013||Apr 2013||May 2013||Jun 2013||Jul 2013 (p)||Aug 2013 (p)|
Mining and logging
Trade, transportation, and utilities
Transportation and warehousing
Professional and business services
Education and health services
Leisure and hospitality
Retail trade added 44,000 jobs in August and has added 393,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In August, job growth occurred in clothing stores (+14,000), food and beverage stores (+12,000), general merchandise stores (+9,000), and electronics and appliance stores (+4,000).
Employment in health care increased by 33,000 in August. Within the industry, most of the job growth occurred in ambulatory care services (+27,000).
In August, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+23,000). Over the past 12 months, this industry has added 614,000 jobs. Employment in temporary help services changed little in August.
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in August (+21,000). Over the year, food services and drinking places has added 354,000 jobs.
In August, wholesale trade employment continued to trend up (+8,000). This industry has added 83,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Within manufacturing, employment in motor vehicles and parts rose by 19,000 in August, after declining by 10,000 in July. Auto manufacturers laid off more workers for model changeover in July than in recent years. The return of laid-off workers contributed to the increase in August. Over the past 12 months, auto manufacturers have added 34,000 jobs.
Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and government, showed little or no change in August.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — August 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL‑13‑1803. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: August 2013.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Payroll employment up 169,000 in August 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130909.htm (visited September 19, 2014).
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