Total employment increased by 142,000 jobs in September, with job gains occurring in healthcare, information, professional and business services, and retail trade, plus food services and drinking places.
Healthcare: Added 34,000 jobs in September.
Information: Increased by 12,000 jobs in September and has increased by 44,000 jobs over the year.
Professional and Business Services: Employment increased in September by 31,000 jobs. Job growth has averaged 45,000 per month thus far in 2015. The categories seeing the most job gains included computer systems design and related services, which increased by 7,000 jobs, and legal services, which increased by 5,000 jobs.
Retail Trade: Increased in the month by 24,000 jobs. The most gains were seen in general merchandise stores, which increased by 10,000 jobs and in automobile dealers, which increased by 5,000 jobs.
Food Services & Drinking Places: Employment continued on an upward trend in September, with an increase of 21,000 jobs. Over the year, the industry has added 349,000 jobs.
Employment in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.
Employee Workweek & Overtime
The average workweek for all employees declined by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours in September and factory overtime declined by 0.2 hour to 3.1 hours.
Average Hourly Earnings
In September, average hourly earnings was $25.09. (Hourly earnings have risen by 2.2% over the year.)
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