Friday, October 7, 2011

U.S. Added 103,000 Jobs in September

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the national employment numbers and unemployment rate for September. According to the BLS, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 103,000 from August. This increase partially reflected the return to payrolls of about 45,000 telecommunications workers who were on strike in August. By industry, notable September employment gains occurred in professional and business services (+48,000 jobs), health care (+44,000), and construction (+26,000). The BLS numbers indicate that government employment continued to trend down, dropping 5,000 jobs in September.

The initial August estimate of no monthly job gains was also revised upward to an increase of 57,000 jobs. Since April, nonfarm payroll employment has increased by an average of 72,000 jobs per month, compared with an average of 161,000 for the prior seven months.

However, the U.S. unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent for the third consecutive month. Since April, the rate has held between 9.0 percent and 9.2 percent. The number of unemployed persons in the U.S. totaled 14.0 million in September.

Get more details in the full BLS news release.
All numbers in this post are seasonally adjusted.

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