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Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector

The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 54,000 jobs in August and an unemployment rate rising to 9.6%.

So far for this recession, the peak of losses was 779,000 lost jobs in January 2009. In the 2001 recession, monthly losses hit a high of 325,000. The 1990-91 recession peaked at 306,000 losses. Numbers generally peak toward the end of a recession, making employment a lagging indicator. The unemployment rate peaked at 10.8% at the end of the 1981-82 recession.

Here is a breakdown of the jobs report by sector. Construction saw its first gain since April.

Total change in non-farm payroll = - 54,000

  • Private Sector = + 67,000
    • Logging & Mining = + 8,000
    • Construction = + 19,000
    • Manufacturing = - 27,000
      • Durable goods = - 24,000
      • Non-durable goods = - 3,000
    • Services = + 38,000
      • Wholesale Trade = + 4,100
      • Retail Trade = - 4,900
      • Transportation & Warehousing = - 7,400
      • Information Technology = - 1,000
      • Financial Svcs = - 4,000
      • Professional & Business Svcs = + 20,000
      • Education & Health Svcs = + 45,000
      • Leisure = + 13,000
  • Government = - 121,000

The futures are trading down up on the news.

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