August 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 130,000 Jobs in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 130,000 jobs in August 2019 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged 3.7 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for August 2019 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The jobs report for August 2019 showed the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 6.0 million, while job gains occurred in professional and business services, the federal government, health care, financial activities, and social assistance. Here are the specific job gains:

  • Professional and business services employment gained 37,000 jobs in August 2019 and has averaged 34,000 jobs added per month so far this year.
  • Federal government employment increased by 28,000 jobs mostly due to the hiring of 25,000 temporary workers to prepare for the 2020 census.
  • Health care employment rose by 24,000 jobs in August 2019 and has added 392,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Financial activities employment added 15,000 jobs in August 2019 and has added 111,000 jobs over the year.
  • Social assistance employment gained 13,000 jobs in August 2019 and has added 100,000 jobs in the last 6 months.

On the negative side in August 2019, retail trade employment lost 11,000 jobs and mining employment declined by 6,000 jobs. Employment in construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and leisure and hospitality showed little change over the month.

The change in employment for June 2019 was revised from 193,000 jobs added to 178,000 jobs added while July 2019 was revised from 164,000 jobs added to 159,000 jobs added. With these revisions, gains in February 2019 and March 2019 combined were 20,000 less than previously reported.

The jobs report is usually released on the first Friday of every month. The jobs report for August 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 4, 2019. Until then, the most recent jobs report will be available at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF).

A survey of HR professionals released in May 2019 by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a non-profit trade organization representing the screening industry – revealed that 96 percent of employers conduct background checks on job applicants.

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