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Hiring improves in most major US industries

The Associated Press

Hiring picked up in July in most of the 10 major U.S. industries tracked by the Labor Department. But recent hiring hasn't been enough to lower the unemployment rate, which edged up last month to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent.

Manufacturing added 25,000 jobs, more than double the increase in June. That partly reflects fewer temporary layoffs by the auto industry. Most auto companies close their factories in July to retool their factories for new models. But with auto sales strong, some companies skipped the shutdowns, resulting in fewer layoffs.

Despite some signs of a recovery in housing, the construction industry still shed 1,000 jobs last month.

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

Industry July 2012 June 2012
Construction -1,000 4,000
Manufacturing 25,000 10,000
Retail 6,700 -3,200
Transportation, warehousing 6,900 -3,400
Information (telecom, publishing) 11,000 -1,000
Financial services 1,000 3,000
Professional services (Legal, engineering, temporary help) 49,000 44,000
Education and health 38,000 -6,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 27,000 10,000
Government -9,000 -9,000