Jobs aplenty in health care and restaurants while manufacturing sheds workers

Economic Indicators Associated Press

U.S. hiring is hot in health care and hospitality.

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Health care and social assistance employers added more than 56,000 jobs in August, led by hospitals and health service providers. The social assistance category, which includes child and elderly care, gained nearly 16,000.

Restaurants and bars added more than 26,000 jobs. Professional and business services, which include accountants and attorneys, gained 33,000.

Manufacturing had a tougher month. The sector lost 17,000 jobs in August as makers of food, machinery and fabricated metal products shed staff.

Mining continued to struggle amid lower energy prices, losing more than 9,000 jobs during August. Since peaking in December, mining employment has fallen by more than 90,000. Most of those cuts have taken place in businesses that provide support for oil and mineral mining.

Overall, U.S. employers added 173,000 jobs in August. The unemployment fell to 5.1 percent, the lowest level since April 2008.

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Industry (change from previous month) August 2015 July 2015 Year to date Past 12 months
Construction 3,000 7,000 113,000 219,000
Manufacturing -17,000 12,000 28,000 124,000
Retail 11,200 32,400 213,700 332,500
Transportation, warehousing 7,300 13,600 56,500 140,900
Information (Telecom, publishing) -7,000 2,000 18,000 32,000
Financial services 19,000 21,000 118,000 170,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 33,000 39,000 382,000 641,000
Education and health 62,000 53,000 432,000 611,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 33,000 30,000 237,000 439,000
Government 33,000 21,000 93,000 130,000
Source: Labor Department