September 1, 2017
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining. Household Survey Data In August, the unemployment rate, at 4.4%, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.1 million, were little changed. After declining earlier in the year, the unemployment rate has been either 4.3% or 4.4% since April.