KEY MARKET INDICATORS as of Oct 07, 2019
September Job Market Report
The U.S. job market continued to show slower growth in September, adding 136,000 jobs. For the year to date, the U.S. economy has added an average of 161,000 jobs a month, the slowest pace of growth since 2016. The job market continued to be tight, with the unemployment rate at 3.5%, which is the lowest level since December 1969. The tight job market has increased pressure on wages in the past year, but wage growth eased slightly in September to 2.9% y/y growth. In the past 12 months, production workers have seen faster wage growth than the overall job market. In September, wages for production workers grew by 3.5%.
Job growth in September was led by education and health (+40,000), leisure and hospitality (+21,000), and professional and business services (+34,000). Two sectors – retail and manufacturing – reported fewer jobs in September. Construction added 7,000 jobs in September, but remains one of the fastest growing sectors. Over the last 12 months, construction jobs grew by over 2%, exceeding the 1.4% growth in the overall job market.
Employment growth in the 25-44 age group remains strong at 1.9%, providing support for the first-time homebuyer market.
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