Job growth in retail and professional services accelerates

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 4:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Job gains accelerated in September in some sectors, including retail and professional services, despite a slowdown in overall job growth.

Retail added 23,700 jobs, up from 4,400 gained in August. Fueling the jump were auto dealers and general merchandise stores.

Professional services continued to strengthen, adding 31,000 jobs in September. The sector includes legal, accounting, engineering and administrative services.

Manufacturers, though, shed 9,000 jobs. Mining employment, which includes oil-related jobs, fell by 10,000 amid low oil prices. Since peaking in December 2014, the sector has lost 102,000 jobs.

Overall, U.S. employers added an unexpectedly weak 142,000 jobs in September. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent.

Industry (change from previous month) September 2015 August 2015 Year to date Past 12 months
Construction 8,000 5,000 121,000 205,000
Manufacturing -9,000 -18,000 17,000 104,000
Retail 23,700 4,400 226,800 314,100
Transportation, warehousing 3,500 6,100 59,300 138,200
Information (Telecom, publishing) 12,000 -5,000 34,000 44,000
Financial services 0 12,000 105,000 147,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 31,000 27,000 408,000 616,000
Education and health 29,000 47,000 435,000 568,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 35,000 32,000 273,000 426,000
Government 24,000 36,000 127,000 149,000
Source: Labor Department