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Temporary employment up in September

Posted on October 7th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to September data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment numbers increased by 103,000. However, this was not enough to affect the current 9.1 unemployment rate.

Despite the number of unemployed Americans remaining at around 14 million, 45,000 telecommunications workers returned to work after an August strike, accounting for nearly half of the added jobs last month.

Temporary workers saw a slight uptick in opportunities, as the sector added 53,000 jobs over the past three months.

The healthcare industry continued to see gains in September, adding 44,000 new jobs. According to a recent study from Applied Economic Strategies, 86 percent of newly created jobs during the economic recovery have been in the healthcare industry, which has left an influx of construction and manufacturing workers with mismatched skill-sets for current openings. The study found that 24.7 percent of construction workers were unemployed in 2010, while manufacturing specialists saw a 9 percent unemployment rate.

However, job gains were made in the construction sector in September, as employment rose by 26,000, mainly due to increases in nonresidential jobs.

Manufacturing employment was down by 13,000 last month.  

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