Job Growth Moderates in August as Low Unemployment Continues
JOB GROWTH: The employment market continued to show steady though slightly slower growth in August when compared to July, adding 156,000 new positions. Over the past three months, job gains have averaged 185,000 per month, right in line with
the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.
TOP INDUSTRIES: August offered a brightened outlook for blue-collar employment, with gains in manufacturing,
UNEMPLOYMENT: The unemployment rate continued steadily along a track it has maintained for several months now, shifting marginally from month to month. The August rate was slightly higher at 4.4 percent than July’s rate of 4.3 percent. In the good news department, unemployment for those with less than a high school diploma retreated by almost one full percentage point.
WAGES: Payrolls exhibited little movement in August, gaining an average increase of three cents per hour, sustaining an annual average hourly increase of 2.5 percent.
WORK WEEK: The average work week was little changed, moving slightly downward to 34.4 hours.
TEMPORARY JOB TRENDS: For the fifth consecutive month, temporary job penetration exceeded three million jobs, although job gains in the sector were flat.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Continuing job growth and high employment should point to a strengthening economy and greater optimism from
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Steinberg Employment Research, NBC News, The New York Times, Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report, Market Watch