Friday, August 6, 2010

Private-sector employment edged up in July

The BLS reported today that employment in the private sector increased by 71,000 from June to July. Since the start of the year, the private sector has added 630,000 jobs.

Another 143,000 temporary Census jobs ended in July, following layoffs seen in May and June. There were also losses in state and local governments. These losses offset the private-sector gains. Overall, the nation lost 131,000 jobs in July.

At 9.5 percent, the national unemployment rate was unchanged in July.

More information,
including the employment changes by industry in the private sector, is available in the press release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (

*The numbers mentioned in this post are seasonally adjusted.

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