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Nonfarm employment rose 164,000 in July 2019

August 06, 2019

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000 in July 2019. Monthly job gains have averaged 165,000 in 2019, compared with an average gain of 223,000 per month in 2018. In July, notable job gains occurred in professional and technical services (+31,000), health care (+30,000), social assistance (+20,000), and financial activities (+18,000).

Monthly change in nonfarm payroll employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2014 to July 2019
Month 1-month change Average monthly change for the year

Jan 2014

177,000 251,000

Feb 2014

168,000 251,000

Mar 2014

250,000 251,000

Apr 2014

327,000 251,000

May 2014

221,000 251,000

Jun 2014

324,000 251,000

Jul 2014

227,000 251,000

Aug 2014

188,000 251,000

Sep 2014

311,000 251,000

Oct 2014

258,000 251,000

Nov 2014

286,000 251,000

Dec 2014

269,000 251,000

Jan 2015

213,000 227,000

Feb 2015

248,000 227,000

Mar 2015

77,000 227,000

Apr 2015

300,000 227,000

May 2015

319,000 227,000

Jun 2015

170,000 227,000

Jul 2015

293,000 227,000

Aug 2015

122,000 227,000

Sep 2015

133,000 227,000

Oct 2015

339,000 227,000

Nov 2015

235,000 227,000

Dec 2015

280,000 227,000

Jan 2016

90,000 193,000

Feb 2016

232,000 193,000

Mar 2016

234,000 193,000

Apr 2016

211,000 193,000

May 2016

15,000 193,000

Jun 2016

282,000 193,000

Jul 2016

336,000 193,000

Aug 2016

135,000 193,000

Sep 2016

270,000 193,000

Oct 2016

128,000 193,000

Nov 2016

170,000 193,000

Dec 2016

215,000 193,000

Jan 2017

252,000 179,000

Feb 2017

141,000 179,000

Mar 2017

127,000 179,000

Apr 2017

213,000 179,000

May 2017

128,000 179,000

Jun 2017

229,000 179,000

Jul 2017

204,000 179,000

Aug 2017

187,000 179,000

Sep 2017

18,000 179,000

Oct 2017

260,000 179,000

Nov 2017

220,000 179,000

Dec 2017

174,000 179,000

Jan 2018

171,000 223,000

Feb 2018

330,000 223,000

Mar 2018

182,000 223,000

Apr 2018

196,000 223,000

May 2018

270,000 223,000

Jun 2018

262,000 223,000

Jul 2018

178,000 223,000

Aug 2018

282,000 223,000

Sep 2018

108,000 223,000

Oct 2018

277,000 223,000

Nov 2018

196,000 223,000

Dec 2018

227,000 223,000

Jan 2019

312,000 165,000

Feb 2019

56,000 165,000

Mar 2019

153,000 165,000

Apr 2019

216,000 165,000

May 2019

62,000 165,000

Jun 2019(p)

193,000 165,000

Jul 2019(p)

164,000 165,000
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary

Professional and technical services added 31,000 jobs in July, bringing the 12-month job gain to 300,000. In July, employment increased by 11,000 in computer systems design and related services; this industry accounted for about one-third of employment growth in professional and technical services both over the month and over the year.

Employment change by industry, July 2019, seasonally adjusted
Industry 1-month net change

Mining and logging

-5,000

Logging

400

Mining

-5,100

Oil and gas extraction

-1,200

Mining, except oil and gas

-1,400

Coal mining

-800

Metal ore mining

100

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying

-600

Support activities for mining

-2,500

Construction

4,000

Construction of buildings

1,500

Residential building

1,400

Nonresidential building

100

Heavy and civil engineering construction

-4,300

Specialty trade contractors

7,400

Residential specialty trade contractors

6,000

Nonresidential specialty trade contractors

1,400

Manufacturing

16,000

Durable goods

12,000

Wood products

500

Nonmetallic mineral products

300

Primary metals

-1,300

Fabricated metal products

500

Machinery

-3,600

Computer and electronic products

2,600

Computer and peripheral equipment

100

Communications equipment

200

Semiconductors and electronic components

1,000

Electronic instruments

1,400

Miscellaneous computer and electronic products

-100

Electrical equipment and appliances

700

Transportation equipment

9,500

Motor vehicles and parts

7,200

Furniture and related products

2,000

Miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing

300

Nondurable goods

4,000

Food manufacturing

1,200

Textile mills

0

Textile product mills

500

Apparel

-300

Paper and paper products

700

Printing and related support activities

-700

Petroleum and coal products

-200

Chemicals

1,900

Plastics and rubber products

300

Miscellaneous nondurable goods manufacturing

-100

Wholesale trade

6,700

Durable goods

4,700

Nondurable goods

1,200

Electronic markets and agents and brokers

800

Retail trade

-3,600

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

-100

Automobile dealers

900

Other motor vehicle dealers

-1,100

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

100

Furniture and home furnishings stores

-1,000

Electronics and appliance stores

-5,700

Building material and garden supply stores

1,500

Food and beverage stores

5,300

Health and personal care stores

1,200

Gasoline stations

2,800

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

-600

Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores

-1,100

General merchandise stores

-2,200

Department stores

-3,700

General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters

1,500

Miscellaneous store retailers

-2,000

Nonstore retailers

-1,700

Transportation and warehousing

300

Air transportation

900

Rail transportation

-100

Water transportation

100

Truck transportation

2,000

Transit and ground passenger transportation

-8,200

Pipeline transportation

0

Scenic and sightseeing transportation

-500

Support activities for transportation

-3,800

Couriers and messengers

6,700

Warehousing and storage

3,200

Utilities

-400

Information

-10,000

Publishing industries, except Internet

-1,100

Motion picture and sound recording industries

-5,900

Broadcasting, except Internet

-400

Telecommunications

-5,100

Data processing, hosting and related services

1,300

Other information services

2,000

Financial activities

18,000

Finance and insurance

13,900

Monetary authorities - central bank

0

Credit intermediation and related activities

800

Depository credit intermediation

-800

Commercial banking

-900

Nondepository credit intermediation

1,500

Activities related to credit intermediation

200

Securities, commodity contracts, investments, and funds and trusts

1,700

Insurance carriers and related activities

11,400

Real estate and rental and leasing

4,300

Real estate

3,200

Rental and leasing services

1,200

Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets

-100

Professional and business services

38,000

Professional and technical services

30,800

Legal services

100

Accounting and bookkeeping services

3,600

Architectural and engineering services

3,800

Specialized design services

-200

Computer systems design and related services

10,600

Management and technical consulting services

5,800

Scientific research and development services

3,600

Advertising and related services

1,700

Other professional and technical services

2,100

Management of companies and enterprises

900

Administrative and waste services

5,700

Administrative and support services

4,700

Office administrative services

1,900

Facilities support services

200

Employment services

5,500

Temporary help services

2,200

Business support services

400

Travel arrangement and reservation services

-700

Investigation and security services

-1,000

Services to buildings and dwellings

300

Other support services

-1,900

Waste management and remediation services

1,000

Education and health services

66,000

Educational services

15,700

Health care

30,400

Ambulatory health care services

28,900

Offices of physicians

3,000

Offices of dentists

3,800

Offices of other health practitioners

7,300

Outpatient care centers

2,400

Medical and diagnostic laboratories

1,500

Home health care services

10,700

Other ambulatory health care services

300

Hospitals

-2,100

Nursing and residential care facilities

3,600

Nursing care facilities

800

Residential mental health facilities

1,700

Community care facilities for the elderly

500

Other residential care facilities

500

Social assistance

20,000

Individual and family services

12,600

Emergency and other relief services

100

Vocational rehabilitation services

-900

Child day care services

8,100

Leisure and hospitality

10,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

-100

Performing arts and spectator sports

-3,500

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

0

Amusements, gambling, and recreation

3,400

Accommodation and food services

10,200

Accommodation

-5,200

Food services and drinking places

15,400

Other services

8,000

Repair and maintenance

5,300

Personal and laundry services

200

Membership associations and organizations

1,800

Government

16,000

Federal

2,000

Federal, except U.S. Postal Service

2,500

U.S. Postal Service

-200

State government

0

State government education

-3,400

State government, excluding education

3,400

Local government

14,000

Local government education

11,700

Local government, excluding education

1,800

Employment in health care rose by 30,000 over the month, reflecting a gain in ambulatory health care services (+29,000). Health care employment has increased by 405,000 over the year, with ambulatory health care services accounting for about two-thirds of the gain.

Social assistance added 20,000 jobs in July. Employment in this industry has increased by 143,000 over the year.

In July, financial activities employment rose by 18,000, with most of the gain occurring in insurance carriers and related activities (+11,000).

Mining employment declined by 5,000 in July, after showing little net change in recent months.

Manufacturing employment changed little in July (+16,000) and thus far in 2019. Job gains in the industry had averaged 22,000 per month in 2018.

Employment changed little in July in construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and government.

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 — July 2019." We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nonfarm employment rose 164,000 in July 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/nonfarm-employment-rose-164000-in-july-2019.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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