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Payroll employment increased by 136,000 in September 2019

October 08, 2019

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 136,000 in September 2019. Employment continued to trend up in health care (+39,000) and in professional and business services (+34,000). Average weekly earnings in education and health services were $908.04 in September. Earnings for workers in professional and business services averaged $1,222.35 a week.

Employment and average weekly earnings by industry for all employees, September 2019, seasonally adjusted


Over-the-month-change in employment

Average weekly earnings

Employment level

Total private

114,000 $966.30 129,081,000

Mining and logging

0 1578.65 746,000


7,000 1226.24 7,510,000


-2,000 1128.33 12,850,000

Wholesale trade

2,400 1226.52 5,941,700

Retail trade

-11,400 608.47 15,743,400

Transportation and warehousing

15,700 962.30 5,574,500


-1,800 1762.73 551,100


9,000 1533.00 2,837,000

Financial activities

3,000 1350.14 8,696,000

Professional and business services

34,000 1222.35 21,565,000

Education and health services

40,000 908.04 24,396,000

Leisure and hospitality

21,000 432.01 16,720,000

Other services

-3,000 797.26 5,950,000

Employment in transportation and warehousing edged up (+16,000); the average weekly earnings in this industry were $962.30 in September. Retail trade employment changed little (−11,000); the average weekly earnings in retail trade were $608.47.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — September 2019." We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment increased by 136,000 in September 2019 at (visited July 22, 2024).

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