A newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in September. Despite the job gains, which occurred mostly in professional and business services, health care, and construction, the increase failed to lower the overall unemployment rate below 9.1%.
Following are some highlights from the report:
Employment in professional and business services increased by 48,000 over the month and has grown by 897,000 since a recent low in September 2009. Employment in the temporary help services category, which added 53,000 jobs over the past three months, also increased in September. Employment growth also continued in computer systems design and in management and technical consulting services.
Health care employment continued to expand in September, with an increase of 44,000. Within the industry, job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+26,000) and in hospitals (+13,000).
Construction employment increased by 26,000 over the month, after showing little movement since February. The over-the-month gain was due to employment increases in the nonresidential construction industries, which includes heavy and civil construction. Mining employment continued to trend up in September.
Employment in information was up by 34,000 over the month due to the return of about 45,000 telecommunications workers to payrolls after an August strike.
Manufacturing employment changed little in September (-13,000) and has been essentially flat for the past 2 months.
Within retail trade, employment declined in electronic and appliance stores (-9,000) in September. Employment in wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality changed little.
Government employment continued to trend down over the month, falling by 34,000). The U.S. Postal Service continued to lose jobs (-5,000). Local government employment declined by 35,000 and has fallen by 535,000 since September 2008.
The complete September unemployment report is available online.