September 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 136,000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 1969

BUreau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The September 2019 jobs report showed the United States economy added 136,000 jobs while the unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent during the month – the lowest rate since December of 1969 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The jobs report for September 2019 showed the number of unemployed persons decreased to 5.8 million, while job gains occurred in health care, professional and business services, government, and transportation and warehousing. Here are the specific job gains during the month.

  • Health care employment rose by 39,000 jobs in September 2019, in line with its average monthly gain over the past 12 months.
  • Professional and business services employment gained 34,000 jobs in September 2019 and has added an average of 35,000 per month so far in 2019.
  • Government employment continued an upward trend by adding 22,000 jobs in September 2019 and has added 147,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Transportation and warehousing employment added 16,000 jobs in September 2019, mostly in transit and ground passenger transportation.

On the negative side, retail and trade employment declined by 11,000 jobs in September 2019. Employment in other industries including mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality showed little change over the month.

The change in employment for July 2019 was revised from 159,000 jobs added to 166,000 jobs added while August 2019 was revised from 130,000 jobs added to 168,000 jobs added. With these revisions, gains in February 2019 and March 2019 combined were 45,000 more than previously reported.

The jobs report is usually released on the first Friday of every month. The jobs report for October 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 1, 2019. Until then, the most recent jobs report will be available at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF).

A survey released in May 2019 by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit trade group formerly known as the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – revealed that 96 percent of employers conduct background checks.

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