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Employment up 156,000 in August, averaging 176,000 per month so far this year

September 06, 2017

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August 2017. Employment growth has averaged 176,000 per month so far in 2017, about in line with the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.

Monthly change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2012–August 2017
Month Change in employment Average monthly change for the year

Jan 2012

358,000 179,000

Feb 2012

237,000

Mar 2012

233000

Apr 2012

78,000

May 2012

115,000

Jun 2012

76,000

Jul 2012

143,000

Aug 2012

177,000

Sep 2012

203,000

Oct 2012

146,000

Nov 2012

132,000

Dec 2012

244,000

Jan 2013

211,000 192,000

Feb 2013

286,000

Mar 2013

13,0000

Apr 2013

197,000

May 2013

226,000

Jun 2013

162,000

Jul 2013

122,000

Aug 2013

261,000

Sep 2013

19,0000

Oct 2013

212,000

Nov 2013

258,000

Dec 2013

47,000

Jan 2014

19,0000 250,000

Feb 2014

151,000

Mar 2014

272,000

Apr 2014

329,000

May 2014

246,000

Jun 2014

304,000

Jul 2014

202,000

Aug 2014

23,0000

Sep 2014

28,0000

Oct 2014

227,000

Nov 2014

312,000

Dec 2014

255,000

Jan 2015

234,000 226,000

Feb 2015

238,000

Mar 2015

86,000

Apr 2015

262,000

May 2015

344,000

Jun 2015

206,000

Jul 2015

254,000

Aug 2015

157,000

Sep 2015

1,00000

Oct 2015

321,000

Nov 2015

272,000

Dec 2015

239,000

Jan 2016

126,000 187,000

Feb 2016

237,000

Mar 2016

225,000

Apr 2016

153,000

May 2016

43,000

Jun 2016

297,000

Jul 2016

291,000

Aug 2016

176,000

Sep 2016

249,000

Oct 2016

124,000

Nov 2016

164,000

Dec 2016

155,000

Jan 2017

216,000 176,000

Feb 2017

232,000

Mar 2017

5,0000

Apr 2017

207,000

May 2017

145,000

Jun 2017

21,0000

Jul 2017

189,000

Aug 2017

156,000

In August 2017, job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining.

Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts, fabricated metal products, and computer and electronic products. Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.

In August, construction employment rose by 28,000, after showing little change over the prior 5 months. Employment among residential specialty trade contractors edged up over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in August and has grown by 262,000 since August 2016. In August 2017, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services.

Health care employment continued on its upward trend in August and has risen by 328,000 over the past 12 months. Employment in hospitals edged up over the month.

Mining continued to add jobs in August, with all of the growth in support activities for mining. Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has risen by 62,000, or 10 percent.

Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in August. Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, also showed little change over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — August 2017" (HTML) (PDF). See additional charts in Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up 156,000 in August, averaging 176,000 per month so far this year on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/employment-up-156000-in-august-averaging-176000-per-month-so-far-this-year.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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