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U.S. temporary help payrolls rose by 16,800 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. In addition, July's loss in temporary employment was revised up to a loss of only 900 jobs instead of the 5,600 initially reported.
Temporary help has added approximately 392,000 jobs since its low in September 2009, according to the BLS.
Total nonfarm payrolls fell by 54,000 in August to approximately 130.3 million, but that number reflects the loss of 114,000 U.S. Census jobs. The private sector gained 67,000 jobs in August.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.6% in August compared with 9.5% in July.
U.S. temporary help payrolls totaled almost 2.12 million in August with the increase of 16,800 jobs, according to the BLS. The temporary employment penetration rate rose to 1.62% in August from 1.61% in July.
The employment services category, however, gained only 2,200 jobs in August for total employment of approximately 2.77 million. The employment services category includes temporary help services as well as employment placement agencies, executive search services and professional employer organizations.
Employment in the healthcare industry rose by 28,200 -- the industry has added an average of approximately 20,000 jobs per month, about in-line with the average monthly job growth in 2009, according to the BLS.
Construction gained 19,000 jobs in August while manufacturing lost 27,000.