Posted August 6, 2021

Factory, construction and mining jobs increase in July

Job increases in manufacturing, construction and mining helped boost overall employment nationwide in July.

Total employment rose by 943,000 during the month, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent.

Employment in manufacturing increased by 27,000, largely in durable goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, job gains occurred in machinery (+7,000) and miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing (+6,000). Manufacturing employment is 433,000 below its February 2020 level.

Construction employment grew by 11,000 in the month, following consective job losses in June and May.

Employment in mining increased by 7,000 in July, reflecting a gain in support activities for mining (+6,000). Mining employment has risen by 49,000 since a trough in August 2020 but is 103,000 below a peak in January 2019.

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