Jobs Added in July: +38,000 in Government; +9,000 in Manufacturing

Susan Jones | August 5, 2016 | 9:54am EDT
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Of the July job gains, 38,000 were in government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP File Photo)

( - The economy added 255,000 jobs between June and July, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. 38,000 of those jobs were in government (federal, state and local); and 9,000 were in manufacturing.

The 9,000 manufacturing jobs added in July follows an increase of 15,000 in June, which the National Association of Manufacturers called "an encouraging sign."

However, NAM noted that manufacturing employment has declined 15,000, on net, year-to-date, reflecting "softness in demand and production." NAM did say that since the end of the Great Recession, manufacturers have added 852,000 workers.
According to BLS's Establishment Survey Data (a sample-based estimate of employment), July job gains also occurred in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities.

Professional and business services added 70,000 jobs in July and has added 550,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Within the industry, employment rose by 37,000 in professional and technical services in July, led by computer systems design and related services (+8,000) and architectural and engineering services (+7,000). Employment in management and technical consulting services continued to trend up (+6,000).

In July, health care employment increased by 43,000, with gains in ambulatory health care services (+19,000), hospitals (+17,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+7,000). Over the past 12 months, health care has added 477,000 jobs.

Employment in financial activities rose by 18,000 in July and has risen by 162,000 over the year.

Employment in leisure and hospitality continued to trend up in July (+45,000). Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in July (+21,000); this industry has added an average of 18,000 jobs per month thus far this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 30,000 in 2015.

As noted earlier, government employment increased by 38,000 in July.

On the negative side, employment in mining continued to drop (down 6,100 month-to-month), including 2,000 fewer jobs in oil and gas extraction and 600 fewer jobs inn coal mining. Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in the overall mining industry has fallen by 220,000, or 26 percent, BLS noted.

Employment rose in other major industries, including construction (+14,000), retail trade (+14,700), and wholesale trade (+1,700).

But the information industry -- which includes publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting (except Internet), telecommunications and data processing -- showed no job gains at all.

With both the May and June job gains revised upward, job gains now average 190,000 per month over the past three months, BLS said.

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