By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer

The jobs report for the month of July shows gains in private sector employment opportunities, but offers mixed results overall.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that while private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000 in July, the total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 during the same month, and Federal government employment fell due to 143,000 temporary workers hired for the 2010 census completing their work.

In addition, according to “THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2010” report, both the number of unemployed persons (14.6 million) and the unemployment rate (9.5 percent) were unchanged in July.

The good news is that total private sector employment continued to grow, gaining 71,000 jobs, and that private sector employment has increased by 630,000 so far in 2010. With regards to employment in particular industries, the BLS reports that:

  • Manufacturing employment increased by 36,000 in July, and the industry had added 32,000 jobs in the first 6 months of 2010 and has expanded by 183,000 jobs since December 2009.
  • Health care added 27,000 jobs in July, and health care employment has risen by 231,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Transportation and warehousing employment rose by 12,000, and has added 56,000 jobs since February.
  • Mining employment rose by 7,000 in July, and has added 63,000 jobs since October 2009.

The not-so-good news is that employment in professional and business services, temporary help services, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, construction, and leisure and hospitality showed little change over the month. Employment in financial activities continued to trend down in July with a decline of 17,000 jobs that added to monthly job losses in the industry averaging 12,000 job losses per month.

Lastly, government employment fell by more than 200,000 jobs in July, reflecting the loss of 143,000 temporary workers hired for the once-in-a-decade 2010 U.S. Census.

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