Posted September 2, 2016

Manufacturing and construction jobs fell in August

Employment in the manufacturing sector declined by 14,000 jobs in August, while the construction industry lost 6,000 jobs.

A decline of 16,000 jobs in the durable goods sector was partially offset by a gain of 2,000 jobs in nondurable goods manufacturing.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in several service-providing industries.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in August (-4,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has declined by 223,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.