Automakers, schools boost job market in August

Automakers, schools give job market a lift in August; retailer and restaurants also add jobs

Associated Press

Auto factories and schools hired more workers in August, encouraging signs in an otherwise lukewarm month of U.S. hiring.

American manufacturers created 14,000 jobs last month. That marks the first positive month of hiring after five months of slashing jobs.

The bulk of the new manufacturing jobs came from car and truck companies, which are seeing their best sales pace since before the Great Recession. In August, automakers created nearly 19,000 jobs.

Still, factories overall are doing little to help the job market. They have added just 20,000 jobs in the past 12 months.

August was also the best month of hiring in a year for governments, which added a combined 17,000 workers. Local governments added 20,000 jobs in education, most of which were likely teachers. State governments cut 3,000 jobs, while federal job growth was flat.

Like previous months, many of the jobs added in August were in lower-paying industries. Retailer added 44,000 jobs. Bars and restaurants created 21,200 positions.

And despite continued gains in housing, construction firms added zero net jobs last month and just 15,000 in the past six months. That compares with 153,000 jobs in the previous six months.

Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:

Industry August July Past 12 months
Construction 0 -3,000 168,000
Manufacturing 14,000 -16,000 20,000
Retail 44,000 48,800 392,500
Transportation, warehousing 12,000 -13,900 42,700
Information (Telecom, publishing) -18,000 13,000 1,000
Financial services -5,000 17,000 108,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 23,000 32,000 614,000
Education and health 43,000 26,000 375,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 27,000 13,000 424,000
Government 17,000 -23,000 -94,000
Source: Labor Department
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