According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2011’ released today, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 103,000 jobs led by gains in professional and business services, health care, and construction. In more good news, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July 2011 was revised up from 85,000 to 127,000 jobs and the change for August 2011 was revised up from 0 to 57,000 jobs. The Employment Situation report for September 2011 is available at:

The BLS report also revealed that the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent while the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 14.0 million in September 2011. Other key findings of the report include:

  • Professional and business services employment increased by 48,000 jobs in September 2011 and has grown by 897,000 jobs since a recent low in September 2009.
  • Health care employment expanded in September 2011 with an increase of 44,000 jobs, mostly in ambulatory health care services (26,000 jobs) and in hospitals (13,000 jobs).
  • Construction employment increased by 26,000 jobs in September 2011.
  • Information services employment was up by 34,000 jobs over the month.

In addition, employment in wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality changed little in September 2011. Manufacturing employment lost 13,000 jobs while retail trade employment in electronic and appliance stores declined by 9,000 jobs during the month. Government employment continued to trend down with a loss of 34,000 jobs and local government employment declined by 35,000 jobs in September 2011 and has fallen by 535,000 jobs since September 2008.

The Employment Situation report for September 2011 will be available at until the Employment Situation report for October 2011 is released on Friday, November 4, 2011.

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