Following little growth over the prior two months, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 jobs in July 2011, with job gains occurring in health care, retail trade, manufacturing, mining, and professional and technical services, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2011’ released today. In addition, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May 2011 was revised from 25,000 jobs gained to 53,000 jobs gained, and the change for June 2011 was revised from 18,000 jobs gained to 46,000 jobs gained. The July 2011 Employment Situation report will be available at until the Employment Situation report for August 2011 is released on Friday, September 2, 2011.

The BLS report shows the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent while the number of unemployed persons also dropped to 13.9 million in July of 2011. Total private employment rose by 154,000 over the month, reflecting job gains in several major industries:

  • Health care employment grew by 31,000 jobs in July 2011. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has grown by 299,000 jobs.
  • Retail trade added 26,000 jobs in July 2011. Employment in retail trade has increased by 228,000 jobs since a recent low in December 2009.
  • Manufacturing employment increased by 24,000 jobs in July 2011. Manufacturing has added 289,000 jobs since its most recent low in December 2009.
  • Mining employment rose by 9,000 jobs in July 2011. Employment in mining has increased by 140,000 since a recent low in October 2009.
  • Professional and technical services employment continued to trend up in July 2011 with the addition of 18,000 jobs. This industry has added 246,000 jobs since a recent low in March 2010.

Employment in construction, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality changed little in July 2011. Government employment continued to trend down over the month with the loss of 37,000 jobs, while employment in state government decreased by 23,000 jobs.

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