Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate went up 0.1% to 4.4%, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Hurricane Harvey had no discernable effect on the employment and unemployment data for August. Household survey data collection was completed before the storm.
Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic products (+4,000). Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.