The July 2016 Jobs Report was released by the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning, August 5. A good, solid jobs report!
The economy added 255,000 jobs, a large, strong number, which beat estimates of 170,000 to 180,000, and the unemployment rate was stable at 4.9%.
The number of unemployed people went down by 13,000 and 407,000 people joined the labor force. Altogether, 420,000 more people started working in July, with 306,000 more people working full-time and 150,000 more people working part-time.
There are 217,000 more private sector jobs, and 38,000 more government jobs, the largest increase in the number of government jobs in over a year.
From the BLS report:
Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities. Employment in mining continued to trend down...
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +11,000 to +24,000, and the change for June was revised from +287,000 to +292,000. With these revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 18,000 more than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 190,000 per month.
(For the record, 8 years ago, in July 2008, we lost 209,000 jobs as the country continued its slide into the worst recession in 80 years.)
July 2016 reports: (As usual, notation on the links will be changed to "UPDATED for July" when the updated reports become available later today or over the weekend. Not all reports are updated every month.)
- What Was the Unemployment Rate When Obama Took Office (compared to today)? Not yet updated
- How Many Jobs Created or Lost Under Obama? - Full-time vs. Part-time? - Updated for July
- Democrats rock at full-time job creation. - Updated for July
- How Many Jobs Were Created in 2016?
- Jobs Lost/Gained Year by Year Since 1999 - Not yet updated.
- 93 Million People Not in the Labor Force? Who are those people? Latest update is for April 2015
More highlights and reports will continue to be posted here over the coming days and weeks. Please check back!