WASHINGTON — U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000 jobs in July 2019, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The national unemployment rate stayed steady from June at 3.7%, according to the BLS report issued Aug. 2.
Manufacturing jobs grew by 16,000 during July, but professional and technical services saw the biggest gains with 31,000 new jobs. Mining jobs declined by 5,000 during the month, while there was little change in construction, wholesale and retail trade, and transportation and warehousing.
The BLS figures were very similar to those issued by payroll services firm ADP Inc., which issued its monthly report on private sector employment July 31.
ADP reported 156,000 new jobs in July, with the biggest gains among large businesses (500 or more employees) at 78,000 new jobs.
Medium-sized businesses (50 to 499 employees) gained 67,000 jobs during the month, according to ADP, but small businesses (one to 49 employees) added only 11,000 jobs, with the smallest businesses (fewer than 20 employees) losing 18,000.
Manufacturing gained only 1,000 jobs in July, according to ADP, while mining lost 6,000, construction gained 15,000, and trade/transportation/utilities gained 27,000. Franchise employment grew by 41,900 jobs, including 2,600 in auto parts and dealers.
In its monthly jobs report, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said hiring among its members in July was down from June but still historically strong.
Thirty-nine percent of small business owners surveyed in the report said they had job openings they could not fill, compared with 36% in June.
"While small business owners are continuing to hire employees and create new jobs at historic levels this summer, finding qualified workers is clearly restricting growth that could otherwise be taking place," NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan said.