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Employment changes by industry in July 2009

August 11, 2009

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 247,000 in July. Employment in construction declined by 76,000, and manufacturing employment fell by 52,000.

1-month change in payroll employment by industry, May 2009-July 2009
[Chart data—TXT]

Within trade, transportation, and utilities, retail trade employment declined by 44,000 in July. Employment in wholesale trade fell by 19,000 in July, with the majority of the decline occurring among durable goods wholesalers. Transportation and warehousing lost 22,000 jobs in July. Since May, the average monthly job loss in transportation and warehousing was half the average monthly decline for November through April.

Employment in construction declined by 76,000 in July, about in line with the average for the past 3 months.

Manufacturing employment fell by 52,000 in July; employment in this industry has declined by 2.0 million since the recession began in December 2007.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend down in July (-38,000); the industry has shed 1.5 million jobs since the start of the recession.

Employment in information declined by 16,000 in July, including losses in publishing and telecommunications.

Financial activities employment continued to trend down in July (-13,000). The average monthly decline for this industry was 23,000 over the past 3 months, compared with 46,000 per month from November through April. Since the start of the recession, the financial activities industry has lost 501,000 jobs.

In education and health services, health care employment increased by 20,000 in July, about in line with the average monthly gain for the first half of this year but down from an average monthly increase of 30,000 during 2008.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. These data are seasonally adjusted, and data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation – July 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-09-0908.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment changes by industry in July 2009 at (visited June 17, 2024).

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