Posted September 7, 2021

Manufacturing, warehousing and mining add jobs in August

Manufacturing, warehousing and mining were among the industries adding jobs in August, while construction employment decreased slightly.

Transportation and warehousing added 53,000 jobs in August, bringing employment in the industry slightly above (+22,000) its pre-pandemic level in February 2020. Employment gains have been led by strong growth in couriers and messengers and in warehousing and storage, which added 20,000 jobs each in August. Air transportation also added jobs (+11,000), while transit and ground passenger transportation—which includes school buses—lost jobs (-8,000).

Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in August, with gains in motor vehicles and parts (+24,000) and fabricated metal products (+7,000).

Employment in manufacturing is down by 378,000 from its prepandemic level in February 2020.

Mining added 6,000 jobs in August, reflecting a gain in support activities for mining (+4,000). Mining employment has risen by 55,000 since a trough in August 2020 but is 96,000 below a peak in January 2019.

Construction employment fell by 3,000 jobs during the month. In August, construction jobs climbed by 11,000.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 235,000 in August, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.2 percent.

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