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Payroll employment up 148,000 in September 2013

October 23, 2013

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 148,000 in September, with gains in construction, wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 185,000 per month.

Nonfarm payroll employment over-the-month change, seasonally adjusted, September 2011–September 2013
MonthEmployment change

Sep 2011

225,000

Oct 2011

166,000

Nov 2011

174,000

Dec 2011

230,000

Jan 2012

311,000

Feb 2012

271,000

Mar 2012

205,000

Apr 2012

112,000

May 2012

125,000

Jun 2012

87,000

Jul 2012

153,000

Aug 2012

165,000

Sep 2012

138,000

Oct 2012

160,000

Nov 2012

247,000

Dec 2012

219,000

Jan 2013

148,000

Feb 2013

332,000

Mar 2013

142,000

Apr 2013

199,000

May 2013

176,000

Jun 2013

172,000

Jul 2013

89,000

Aug 2013

193,000(p)

Sep 2013

148,000(p)

Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

In September, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+32,000). Over the prior 12 months, employment growth in this industry averaged 52,000 per month. Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up in September (+20,000).

Transportation and warehousing added 23,000 jobs in September. Most of the increase occurred in transit and ground passenger transportation (+18,000). Employment in construction rose by 20,000 in September, after showing little change over the prior 6 months.

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, selected industries, seasonally adjusted, September 2013
IndustryEmployment change (p)

Total nonfarm

148,000

Professional and business services

32,000

Transportation and warehousing

23,000

Government

22,000

Retail trade

21,000

Construction

20,000

Wholesale trade

16,000

Education and health services

14,000

Other services

5,000

Mining and logging

4,000

Information

4,000

Manufacturing

2,000

Financial activities

-2,000

Leisure and hospitality

-13,000

Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

Employment in wholesale trade rose by 16,000 in September. Over the prior 12 months, this industry added an average of 7,000 jobs per month. Within retail trade, job gains occurred in building material and garden supply stores (+5,000) and in automobile dealers (+4,000).

Employment in health care changed little (+7,000) in September. Thus far in 2013, health care has added an average of 19,000 jobs per month, compared with an average monthly increase of 27,000 in 2012.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, information, and government, showed little change in September.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — September 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL‑13‑2035. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: September 2013.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Payroll employment up 148,000 in September 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131023.htm (visited April 24, 2014).

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