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Jobs Added

Metro -53,500
  • Month Over Month: -0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 29,167
  • Year Over Year: +1.5%
State -100
  • Month Over Month: 0.0%
  • 3 Month Average: -933
  • Year Over Year: +0.2%
National +130,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 155,667
  • Year Over Year: +1.4%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 3.9%
  • Month Over Month: +0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.63%
  • Year Over Year: -0.4%
State 3.6%
  • Month Over Month: -0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.7%
  • Year Over Year: -0.4%
National 3.7%
  • Month Over Month: 0.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.7%
  • Year Over Year: -0.1%

The unemployment rate remained flat at 3.7 percent and added 130,000 jobs in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest release. Friday’s report also included revisions to previous data, adjusting June and July’s reports down by 20,000 jobs. June’s change dropped to 178,000 jobs, and July’s reading was cut to 159,000 jobs. After revisions employment gains have averaged 156,000 per month over the last three months.

In an article from the Los Angeles Times they write, “With slower but still solid job gains and good wage growth, households will continue to spend,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC. “The U.S. economy should avoid recession.” One reason hiring is slipping is that, with the unemployment rate so low, companies are having a harder time finding qualified workers. The solid wage gain in August suggests that more businesses are deciding to offer higher pay to attract and keep employees. “That’s a sign we’re in pretty good shape here,” said Drew Matus, an economist at Metlife Investment Management.”

As far as the labor force participation rate goes, it once again ticked up to 63.2 percent. This is the highest level since March, and shows that workers are either employed or are actively looking for work. Average hourly wages rose once again by 11 cents, beating June & July’s back to back 9 cent gains.

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Financial Activities +5,600
  • Month Over Month: +0.7%
  • 3 Month Average: 779
  • Year Over Year: -1.1%
Professional & Business Services -1,700
  • Month Over Month: -0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 1,599
  • Year Over Year: +1.2%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Finance & Insurance +3,400
  • Month Over Month: +1.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 343
  • Year Over Year: -0.6%
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing +2,100
  • Month Over Month: +1.6%
  • 3 Month Average: 134
  • Year Over Year: +0.4%
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, & Payroll Services -2,200
  • Month Over Month: -4.0%
  • 3 Month Average: 53
  • Year Over Year: +0.4%
Employment Services -9,400
  • Month Over Month: -7.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 122
  • Year Over Year: +1.4%

Job Growth for All Sectors

BLS.gov cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from BLS.gov. The BLS defines a sector as a subset of the domestic economy and excludes the economic activities of the following: general government, private households, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals. A sector consists of multiple industries. The BLS defines an industry as a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. Multiple industries makeup sectors.

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