Factories, retail, restaurants add jobs in October

AP News
Posted: Nov 08, 2013 11:38 AM

October's surprisingly strong month of hiring was spread across a diverse group of industries, led by solid gains at factories, retail stores, restaurants and state governments.

U.S. factories added 19,000 jobs, helped by another robust month of hiring at companies that make long-lasting manufactured goods. The figures support other surveys that show a rebound in manufacturing after a weak spring. Manufacturers have now created 38,000 jobs in the past three months, making up for nearly all of the jobs the industry lost from March through July.

Construction firms had another healthy month of hiring, despite higher mortgage rates that have slowed home sales. Payrolls rose 11,000 in October. The industry has added an average of 15,400 new jobs a month in the past year.

Many of the job gains last month were in some of the economy's lowest-paying sectors: Retailers added 44,400 jobs; restaurants created 29,300; and hotels brought on nearly 8,000 more employees.

Government shed 8,000 workers. Federal agencies cut 12,000 jobs, although the decline was unrelated to the shutdown. Local governments lost 3,000 positions, most of which were in education. But state governments added 7,000 employees.

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

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Industry October September Past 12 months
Construction 11,000 18,000 185,000
Manufacturing 19,000 4,000 62,000
Retail 44,400 22,300 367,500
Transportation, warehousing 0 29,500 54,800
Information (Telecom, publishing) 5,000 4,000 17,000
Financial services 7,000 -1,000 93,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 44,000 32,000 644,000
Education and health 23,000 6,000 325,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 53,000 13,000 444,000
Government -8,000 13,000 -26,000
Source: Labor Department