Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 130 thousand in August of 2019, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in July and below market expectations of 158 thousand. Employment in federal government rose, largely reflecting the hiring of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. Notable job gains also occurred in health care and financial activities, while mining lost jobs. Non Farm Payrolls in the United States averaged 125.77 Thousand from 1939 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1118.00 Thousand in September of 1983 and a record low of -1959.00 Thousand in September of 1945.

Non Farm Payrolls in the United States is expected to be 179.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Non Farm Payrolls in the United States to stand at 169.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Non Farm Payrolls is projected to trend around 170.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-06-07 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls May 75K 224K 185K 190K
2019-07-05 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Jun 224K 72K 160K 171K
2019-08-02 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Jul 164K 193K 164K 160K
2019-09-06 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Aug 130K 159K 158K 151K
2019-10-04 12:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Sep 130K 179K
2019-11-01 01:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Oct 190K
2019-12-06 01:30 PM Non Farm Payrolls Nov 182K



US Economy Adds 130K Jobs in August

Nonfarm payrolls in the US increased by 130 thousand in August 2019, following a downwardly revised 159 thousand in July and below market expectations of 158 thousand. Employment in federal government rose, largely reflecting the hiring of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. Notable job gains also occurred in health care and financial activities, while mining lost jobs.

Employment in federal government increased by 28,000. The gain was mostly due to the hiring of 25,000 temporary workers to prepare for the 2020 Census.

Health care added 24,000 jobs over the month and 392,000 over the past 12 months. In August, employment continued to trend up in ambulatory health care services (+12,000) and in hospitals (+9,000). 

Financial activities employment rose by 15,000, with nearly half of the gain occurring in insurance carriers and related activities (+7,000). Financial activities has added 111,000 jobs over the year. 

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in August (+37,000). Within the industry, employment increased by 10,000 both in computer systems design and related services and in management of companies and enterprises. Monthly job gains in professional and business services have averaged 34,000 thus far in 2019, below the average monthly gain of 47,000 in 2018. 

Social assistance employment continued on an upward trend in August (+13,000). Within the industry, individual and family services added 17,000 jobs. Social assistance has added 100,000 jobs in the last 6 months.

Mining employment declined by 6,000 in August, with nearly all of the loss in support activities for mining (-5,000).  

Retail trade employment changed little in August (-11,000). General merchandise stores lost 15,000 jobs over the month and 80,000 jobs over the year. Building material and garden supply stores added 9,000 jobs over the month.

Employment showed little change over the month in construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and leisure and hospitality. Job growth in these industries has moderated thus far in 2019 compared with 2018.

In August, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 11 cents to $28.11, following 9-cent gains in both June and July. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 3.2 percent. In August, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose by 11 cents to $23.59.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 34.4 hours in August. In manufacturing, the average workweek increased by 0.2 hour to 40.6 hours, and overtime declined by 0.1 hour to 3.2 hours. The average workweek of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 0.1 hour to 33.6 hours.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised down by 15,000 from +193,000 to +178,000, and the change for July was revised down by 5,000 from +164,000 to +159,000. With these revisions, employment gains in June and July combined were 20,000 less than previously reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses and government agencies since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors.) After revisions, job gains have averaged 156,000 per month over the last 3 months. 


BLS | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
9/6/2019 12:40:58 PM



United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.70 3.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 130.00 159.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 96.00 131.00 1092.00 -1766.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 34.00 28.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 3.00 4.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 204.00 219.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1670.00 1674.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 195.00 142.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 157878.00 157288.00 157878.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 6044.00 6063.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.40 34.30 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.20 63.00 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.71 0.87 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.60 8.50 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 111.98 111.28 111.98 17.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.54 106.93 107.54 25.99 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 7471.00 7225.00 7884.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7217.00 7248.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 53480.00 38845.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.59 23.46 23.59 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.19 22.13 22.19 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.20 5.45 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.60 0.70 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 327.17 325.15 327.17 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Employment Rate 60.90 60.70 64.70 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 130789.00 130429.00 130789.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 26974.00 26861.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]


United States Non Farm Payrolls

Nonfarm payrolls is an employment report released monthly, usually on the first Friday of every month, and heavily affects the US dollar, the bond market and the stock market. Current Employment Statistics (CES) program from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, surveys about 141,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 486,000 individual work sites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Non Farm Payrolls - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Non Farm Payrolls - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
130.00 159.00 1118.00 -1959.00 1939 - 2019 Thousand Monthly




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Brazil 43.82 Jul/19
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France 25395.90 Jun/19
Switzerland 5109.00 Jun/19
United States 130.00 Aug/19


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