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Hires increase by 137,000 in accommodation and food services in September 2020

November 13, 2020

From August 2020 to September 2020, the number of total nonfarm (5.9 million) and private industry hires (5.6 million) were little changed. Hires decreased in federal government (-256,000), largely due to a drop in demand for temporary 2020 Census workers.

Over-the-month change and total, number of hires by industry, September 2020
Industry Change[p] Number of hires[p]

Accommodation and food services

137,000 943,000

Wholesale trade

73,000 208,000

Other services

64,000 286,000

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

46,000 296,000

Health care and social assistance

40,000 666,000


8,000 95,000

Finance and insurance

5,000 150,000

State and local, excluding education

5,000 143,000

Mining and logging

3,000 19,000

Real estate and rental and leasing

1,000 74,000

State and local education

1,000 106,000

Nondurable goods

-10,000 167,000


-13,000 383,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

-15,000 114,000

Professional and business services

-19,000 1,151,000

Durable goods

-23,000 184,000

Educational services

-23,000 70,000

Retail trade

-105,000 758,000

Federal government

-256,000 59,000

[p] = preliminary.

In September 2020, hires also decreased in retail trade (−105,000) and educational services (−23,000). The number of hires increased in accommodation and food services (+137,000), wholesale trade (+73,000), and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+46,000).

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — September 2020." Also see more charts on job openings, hires, and separations, and Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for September 2020.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hires increase by 137,000 in accommodation and food services in September 2020 at (visited April 12, 2024).

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