U.S. August Unemployment Rate Changes Little at 5.2%

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 235,000 in August, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, private education, manufacturing, and other services. Retail trade lost jobs.

U.S. July Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.4%

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 943,000 in July, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in local government education, and in professional and business services.