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Where Americans found jobs: Retail, finance, restaurants

September 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring weakened across most major industries in August, cooling the sizzling job growth from earlier this summer.

Growth decelerated sharply in professional and business services, a category that includes higher-paying jobs such as engineers, accountants and architects as well as lower-paying temporary positions. The category added only 22,000 jobs, down from 80,000 added in July. Temp help firms shed 3,100 positions.

The number of government jobs rose 25,000 in August, half the increase for July. Likewise, hotels and restaurants added just 29,000 jobs, down from 45,000 a month earlier. Bucking the trend, the retail sector accelerated its pace of hiring, with gains at food stores, auto and auto parts dealers and home and garden stores.

Construction and manufacturing shed jobs after having posted increases in July.

Overall, employers slowed their hiring and added a modest 151,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent.

Industry (change from previous month) August 2016 July 2016 Past 12 months
Construction -6,000 11,000 199,000
Manufacturing -14,000 6,000 -37,000
Retail 15,100 11,100 293,400
Transportation, warehousing 14,900 15,100 51,200
Information (Telecom, publishing) 4,000 -4,000 29,000
Financial services 15,000 19,000 167,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 22,000 80,000 542,000
Education and health 39,000 44,000 618,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 29,000 45,000 418,000
Government 25,000 50,000 164,000
Source: Labor Department
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