Manufacturing and construction were high performers in August’s jobs report
Finishing the summer strong, 156,000 jobs were added last month, according to the Labor Department’s report.
As summer is coming to an end, you’re probably starting to realize all of the things you had wanted to do but didn’t, like go to the beach, take a vacation, or find a new job.
We can help you with the last one—and now couldn’t be a better time for it.
Following the pattern of strong job growth we’ve seen this summer, we’re closing out the season with a solid 156,000 jobs added in August, per the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report.
While this number isn’t as high as the 180,000 jobs economists had predicted, it does total out to an awesome 555,000 jobs added in the past three summer months.
And that’s not even the best part. This growth in employment was seen in—wait for it—manufacturing and construction, even beating out mainstay hiring sectors health care and professional and technical services (although those industries were both top performers, too).
Overall, the most job growth was found in manufacturing, having added 36,000 jobs in August. These gains, in particular, were seen in the manufacturing of motor vehicles and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic products (+4,000).
To be honest, we’re not all that surprised with the sector’s job growth. These numbers greatly align with the latest edition of the Monster 100—our monthly roundup of the companies with the most new job listings on Monster—with manufacturing companies Goodyear, Crown Equipment, and Magna International making some of the biggest hiring pushes at the moment.
After a five-month-long dry spell, employment finally rose by 28,000 in construction in August. While the report said Hurricane Harvey had no discernable effect on employment last month, history shows that hiring for construction jobs tends to ramp up after severe hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy, according to Quartz.
Gains were also made in the tech industry, adding 22,000 jobs, primarily in computer systems design and related services. On the Monster 100, Anistar Technologies, Cognizant, and Bowhead all sit high on the list. For more tech jobs, you can check out our monthly list of companies specifically hiring tech workers.
Health care, another sector you can always count on for superb growth, continued its upward trend with the creation of 20,000 jobs, mostly in hospitals. On the Monster 100, you’ll find a bunch of open positions at Christus Health and Kindred Healthcare.
Average hourly wages ticked up by three cents, totaling $26.39. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate inched up from 4.3% to 4.4%
June’s and July’s strong numbers were both revised down by the Labor Department, with June’s numbers now sitting at 210,000 and July’s at 189,000.
We’ll be back to wake you up when September ends with the next monthly jobs report coming out on Friday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m.