According to a release issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 162,000 jobs were added in July, with gains in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities, and wholesale trade.
The most significant gain was in retail trade, where 47,000 jobs were added in July and 352,000 over the last 12 months.
About 9,000 jobs were added in general merchandise stores last month, 6,000 were added in motor vehicle and parts dealers as well as building material and garden supply stores, and about 5,000 were added in health and personal care stores.
Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change in July.
July’s growth in nonfarm employment lagged behind the average 189,000 jobs added per month over the last year.