WASHINGTON (Oct. 2, 2015) — Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 142,000 jobs in September 2015, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The unemployment rate stayed at 5.1 percent, according to the BLS report released Oct. 2.
The greatest September job gains were in healthcare (up 34,000), professional and business services (up 31,000) and retail trade (up 24,000). Auto dealers hired about 5,000 people in September, the BLS said.
Areas which saw little or no change in employment included manufacturing, wholesale trade and transportation and warehousing, according to the BLS.
Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, noted that U.S. manufacturing lost 9,000 jobs in September and 19,000 in August.
“Today's dismal jobs report is a reminder of just how far we have to go towards a true recovery in manufacturing,” Mr. Paul said.
However, small business job creation was at its highest level for the year, according to William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).