September 07, 2011
Total nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged (0) in August. Employment changed little in most major private-sector industries.
Employment in mining (part of mining and logging) continued to trend up in August (+6,000).
Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in August (−3,000), following a gain of 36,000 in July.
Within professional and business services, computer systems design and related services added 8,000 jobs in August. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month (+5,000).
Employment in the information industry declined by 48,000 in August. About 45,000 workers in the telecommunications industry were on strike and thus off company payrolls during the survey reference period.
Health care employment (within education and health services) rose by 30,000 in August. Ambulatory health care services and hospitals added 18,000 and 8,000 jobs, respectively.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data are seasonally adjusted and preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation – August 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1277.