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Payroll employment up 173,000 in August 2015

September 08, 2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 173,000 in August. The changes in total nonfarm payroll employment for June and July were both revised upwards to 245,000. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 221,000 per month. Over the prior 12 months, they averaged 247,000 per month. 

Over-the-month change in payroll employment, total and by industry, August 2014–August 2015, seasonally adjusted
Month Total nonfarm Mining
and
logging
Construc-
tion
Manufac-
turing
Trade, transpor-
tation,
and
utilities
Informa-
tion
Financial activities Professional
and
business services
Education
and
health services
Leisure
and
hospitality
Other services Govern-
ment

Aug 2014

213,000 3,000 17,000 14,000 14,000 13,000 13,000 56,000 42,000 25,000 12,000 4,000

Sep 2014

250,000 7,000 22,000 9,000 40,000 4,000 10,000 51,000 46,000 49,000 -3,000 15,000

Oct 2014

221,000 1,000 10,000 23,000 50,000 -3,000 7,000 40,000 28,000 55,000 7,000 3,000

Nov 2014

423,000 1,000 30,000 45,000 98,000 7,000 28,000 96,000 51,000 42,000 16,000 9,000

Dec 2014

329,000 1,000 44,000 19,000 54,000 6,000 7,000 72,000 54,000 56,000 6,000 10,000

Jan 2015

201,000 -7,000 41,000 17,000 35,000 6,000 19,000 20,000 42,000 24,000 5,000 -1,000

Feb 2015

266,000 -14,000 31,000 3,000 44,000 7,000 9,000 49,000 61,000 61,000 10,000 5,000

Mar 2015

119,000 -14,000 -12,000 6,000 39,000 -2,000 13,000 39,000 42,000 6,000 0 2,000

Apr 2015

187,000 -14,000 30,000 0 20,000 10,000 7,000 66,000 54,000 8,000 8,000 -2,000

May 2015

260,000 -20,000 12,000 6,000 57,000 -1,000 9,000 68,000 57,000 56,000 8,000 8,000

Jun 2015

245,000 -5,000 1,000 1,000 52,000 3,000 21,000 68,000 61,000 19,000 -3,000 27,000

Jul 2015

245,000 -6,000 7,000 12,000 55,000 2,000 21,000 39,000 53,000 30,000 11,000 21,000

Aug 2015

173,000 -10,000 3,000 -17,000 28,000 -7,000 19,000 33,000 62,000 33,000 -4,000 33,000

In August, employment increased in health care and social assistance and in financial activities and declined in manufacturing and mining.

Health care and social assistance (part of education and health services) added 56,000 jobs in August. Health care employment increased by 41,000 over the month, with job growth occurring in ambulatory health care services and hospitals. Employment rose by 16,000 in social assistance, which includes child day care services and services for the elderly and disabled. Over the year, employment has risen by 457,000 in health care and by 107,000 in social assistance.

In August, financial activities employment increased by 19,000, with job gains in real estate and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments. Over the year, employment in financial activities has grown by 170,000. 

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in August (+33,000) and has increased by 641,000 over the year.

Employment in food services and drinking places (part of leisure and hospitality) continued on an upward trend in August, in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Manufacturing employment decreased by 17,000 in August, after changing little in July. Job losses occurred in a number of component industries, including fabricated metal products and food manufacturing. These losses more than offset gains in motor vehicles and parts and in miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing. Total employment in manufacturing has shown little net change since the beginning of the year.

Employment in mining (part of mining and logging) fell in August, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining. Since reaching a peak in December 2014, mining employment has declined by 90,000.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — August 2015" (HTML) (PDF). More charts featuring nonfarm employment data are in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: August 2015.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 173,000 in August 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/payroll-employment-up-173000-in-august-2015.htm (visited October 19, 2019).

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