August Job Numbers Redux

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job numbersThey say bad news comes in threes, but what about good news?

While the unemployment rate edged up to 9.6 percent, there are a few things that cause us to take a “glass half full” perspective on U.S. employment this month.

Yes, nonfarm payroll employment declined by -54,000 in August, BUT it was better than economist predictions that job loss could be up to -105,000

Secondly, June’s job loss was originally reported to be -221,000; it was revised to -175,000. And July’s number was revised from a loss of -131,000 to a decline of -54,000. (The Pollyanna in me is thinking about what August’s revision will be next month.)

Finally, while Government employment fell by -121,000, reflecting the departure of 114,000 temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government payrolls, private-sector payroll employment continued to trend up modestly by adding 67,000 jobs.

Dean Maki of Barclays Capital told Forbes: “On balance, the upward revisions make the report a bit stronger than we expected. It does not change the recent trend of moderate growth in private payrolls and is inconsistent with fears that a sharp slowdown in the economy is underway.”

Here’s a look at how some of the major sectors fared in August:

  • Health care increased by 28,000, with the largest gains occurring in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+9,000).
  • Manufacturing employment dropped by -27,000. A decline in motor vehicles and parts (-22,000) offset a gain of similar magnitude in July as the industry geared up for its annual retooling.
  • Temporary help services, which have added 392,000 jobs since a recent employment low in September 2009, added 17,000 jobs.
  • Construction employment was up by 19,000, partially reflected by the return of the payrolls of 10,000 workers who were on strike in July.
  • Retail trade was relatively unchanged. A job gain among motor vehicle and parts dealers (+8,000) was essentially offset by losses in building materials and garden supply stores (-6,000).
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  1. I recently applied for a job and found out who the hiring manager was. Before mailing my application, resume, and cover letter, I sent the hiring manager an email explaining my interest in the position and attached my cover letter and resume to the email. This was about 3 weeks ago and I have not received an email back from the hiring manager.

    However, I did contact human resources and they informed me that my application had been forwarded to the department of the hiring manager based on my qualifications. Even though I haven’t heard from the hiring manager via email and it has been 3 weeks since I sent the email and my application…should I follow up with a phone call to the hiring manager expressing my interest once again in the position or should I be patient. I don’t want to seem desperate, but I really want the job? I quit my other job in the industry cuz I hated the company…now I am a server, waiting to get another job I will like in that industry…thanks:)

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