Few would argue that September's job totals were impressive. But there was at least one positive takeaway from the mostly disappointing figures: Many of the jobs that were created are in higher-paying fields.
Construction payrolls increased by 20,000 last month, the biggest gain for the industry since February. Those firms have added an average of 16,000 jobs a month over the past 12 months.
It was also a good month for transportation and warehousing companies: They added 23,400 jobs, the best for the industry since December.
And governments gained 22,000 jobs, led by a burst of hiring at the state level. That marked the second straight five-figure increase for the public sector. A third month is unlikely. The 16-day partial government shutdown is expected to weigh heavily on October government payrolls.
September was a tough month for leisure and hospitality employees, some of the nation's lowest-paid workers. Hotels and restaurants cut 13,000 jobs last month. And those businesses have added a total of just 5,000 jobs from June through September. Still, hotels and restaurants have created 359,000 jobs over the past year.
Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:
|Information (telecom, publishing)||4,000||-17,000||17,000|
|Professional services (accounting, temp work)||32,000||30,000||641,000|
|Education and health||14,000||61,000||348,000|
|Hotels, restaurants, entertainment||-13,000||21,000||359,000|
|Source: Labor Department|