Private sector job growth was extensive in July

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For the second straight month, job growth remained widespread within a majority of the nation’s major industry groups in July, as the private sector added approximately 172,000 new jobs to the national economy.

According to the BLS’ “The Employment Situation – July 2012” report, hiring rose within the following sectors last month –

  • Healthcare: As usual, hiring continued to augment within the sector in July, as 12,000 new positions were created throughout the month. Most of the hiring occurred in ambulatory health care services, which generated 8,900 new jobs.
  • Information: For the first month in 2012, the sector reported a jobs gain – of nearly 11,000 – in July. Hiring was especially pertinent within the telecommunications, data processing, and publishing industries.
  • Leisure and Hospitality: Roughly 27,000 new jobs were generated in July, as food services and drinking places alone hired 29,400 new employees. Accommodation hiring also increased last month, as 1,800 new workers were employed.
  • Manufacturing: Once again, sector hiring increased on a month-to-month basis in July, rising by 25,000. Manufacturing hiring has now risen for 10 successive months; since January 2010, the industry has generated 532,000 new positions, the strongest 30-month period of job growth since June 1989.
  • Professional and Business Services: For the second straight month, hiring rose within the sector, increasing by 49,000 in July. A majority of the hiring occurred in professional and technical services, as well as management and technical consulting services.
  • Temporary Help Services: Hiring continued to uptick within the sector in July, as 14,100 new jobs were generated. The sector has now created an average of 17,400 jobs per month since April.