Payroll employment up 169,000 in August 2013

September 09, 2013

In August 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000, about in line with the average monthly gain of 184,000 over the prior 12 months. Job growth occurred in retail trade and health care, while employment in information declined. 

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, seasonally adjusted, August 2012–August 2013
IndustryAug 2012Sep 2012Oct 2012Nov 2012Dec 2012Jan 2013Feb 2013Mar 2013Apr 2013May 2013Jun 2013Jul 2013 (p)Aug 2013 (p)

Total nonfarm


Total private




Mining and logging






Durable goods


Nondurable goods


Private service-providing


Trade, transportation, and utilities


Wholesale trade


Retail trade


Transportation and warehousing






Financial activities


Professional and business services


Education and health services


Leisure and hospitality


Other services




(p) = preliminary.

Retail trade added 44,000 jobs in August and has added 393,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In August, job growth occurred in clothing stores (+14,000), food and beverage stores (+12,000), general merchandise stores (+9,000), and electronics and appliance stores (+4,000). 

Employment in health care increased by 33,000 in August. Within the industry, most of the job growth occurred in ambulatory care services (+27,000). 

In August, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+23,000). Over the past 12 months, this industry has added 614,000 jobs. Employment in temporary help services changed little in August. 

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in August (+21,000). Over the year, food services and drinking places has added 354,000 jobs. 

In August, wholesale trade employment continued to trend up (+8,000). This industry has added 83,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Within manufacturing, employment in motor vehicles and parts rose by 19,000 in August, after declining by 10,000 in July. Auto manufacturers laid off more workers for model changeover in July than in recent years. The return of laid-off workers contributed to the increase in August. Over the past 12 months, auto manufacturers have added 34,000 jobs. 

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and government, showed little or no change in August.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — August 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL‑13‑1803. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: August 2013.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 169,000 in August 2013 on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


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