Payroll employment in August 2009
September 09, 2009
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 216,000 in August. Since December 2007, employment has fallen by 6.9 million.
Although job losses continued in many of the major industry sectors in August, the declines have moderated in recent months.
In August, construction employment declined by 65,000. Employment in the construction industry has contracted by 1.4 million since the onset of the recession in December 2007.
In August, manufacturing employment continued to trend downward, with a decline of 63,000.
Financial activities shed 28,000 jobs in August, with declines spread throughout the industry. Employment in the industry has declined by 537,000 since the start of the recession.
Wholesale trade employment fell by 17,000 in August.
Employment in health care continued to rise in August (28,000), with gains in ambulatory care and in nursing and residential care. Health care has added 544,000 jobs since the start of the recession.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Employment and unemployment data can be found in "The Employment Situation – August 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-09-1067.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment in August 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20090909.htm (visited January 22, 2017).
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