WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring sizzled in July in business services, manufacturing and hospitality.

Professional services, which includes jobs in computer systems, architecture and temporary help, added 51,000 jobs last month. Over the past year, it has hired more than a half-million Americans and stands as the leading job-creating sector.

Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs, the most in seven months. Nearly all the gains came from makers of durable goods such as machinery, computer components and auto parts.

Restaurants, bars and hotels added 40,000 jobs, the most in nine months.

Sectors that didn't fare as well included financial services, government and transportation, all of which lost jobs.

Overall, U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate slipped to 3.9 percent, from 4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

Industry (change from previous month) July 2018 June 2018 Past 12 months
Construction 19,000 13,000 308,000
Manufacturing 37,000 33,000 327,000
Retail 7,100 -20,200 96,400
Transportation, warehousing -1,300 18,900 160,900
Information (Telecom, publishing) 0 1,000 -21,000
Financial services -5,000 10,000 106,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 51,000 43,000 518,000
Education and health 22,000 69,000 427,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 40,000 34,000 254,000
Government -13,000 14,000 8,000
Source: Labor Department