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U.S. adds 16,900 temp jobs

October 08 2010

U.S. temporary help payrolls rose by 16,900 in September to approximately 2.1 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, August's change in temporary employment was revised up to a gain of 17,700 jobs from the initially reported gain of 16,800.

The temporary help penetration rate rose to 1.63% in September from 1.62% in August.

Since its low in September 2009, temporary help has added approximately 404,200 jobs.

The employment services category added 28,200 jobs in September to reach employment of approximately 2.8 million. The employment services category includes temporary help services as well as employment placement agencies, executive search services and professional employer organizations.

Overall, total nonfarm payrolls fell by 95,000 in September to approximately 130.2 million. The private sector gained 64,000 jobs, but government employment fell by 159,000 jobs as 77,000 temporary Census workers were laid off.

The goods-producing sector lost 22,000 jobs in September, but that was more than offset by the service sector's gain of 86,000.

Healthcare employment rose by 23,900 jobs in September. It has added an average of 21,000 jobs per month this year, according to the BLS.

Food services and drinking places, in the leisure and hospitality industry, added 33,900 jobs in September.

Construction lost 21,000 jobs in September.

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