National Jobs Report

Financial and Legal Services Jobs Report

Total Jobs Added

+235,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 750,000
  • Year Over Year: +4.3%

Unemployment Rate

5.2%
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 5.5%
  • Year Over Year: -3.2%

+235,000 jobs in August

National Unemployment Rate

This month’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, compared with 5.4 percent in the previous months. A growing concern has been around bringing back jobs quickly enough to meet consumer demand and fill widespread vacancies among employers. While employers are eager to fill these jobs, it seems that workers are taking their time. They are reevaluating their job priorities and what is the best fit for them. Another stronger-than-expected jobs report could signal the economy has garnered enough momentum to further progress without the help of a highly accommodative monetary policy tilt.

U.S. Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Financial activities +16,000
  • Month over month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: +8,827
  • Year over year: +2.0%
Professional & business services +74,000
  • Month over month: +0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: +20,925
  • Year over year: +5.5%

U.S. Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Finance & insurance +3,800
  • Month over month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: +6,542
  • Year over year: +0.8%
Real estate & rental & leasing +12,400
  • Month over month: +0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: +2,286
  • Year over year: +5.4%
Accounting & bookkeeping services +4,400
  • Month over month: +0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: +1,062
  • Year over year: +7.5%
Legal services +4,300
  • Month over month: +0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: +1,137
  • Year over year: +2.7%
Management of companies & enterprises +3,600
  • Month over month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: +2,330
  • Year over year: +0.7%
Temporary help services -5,800
  • Month over month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: +2,683
  • Year over year: +12.7%

U.S. Month-Over Month Job Growth by Sector

*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.

BLS.gov cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from BLS.gov.

The BLS defines a sector as a subset of the domestic economy and excludes the economic activities of the following: general government, private households, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals. A sector consists of multiple industries.

The BLS defines an industry as a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. Multiple industries makeup sectors.

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