US added 201,000 jobs in August, unemployment rate hovers at 3.9 percent

US added 201,000 jobs in August, unemployment rate hovers at 3.9 percent

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Construction cranes in the Anacosta region of Southeast Washington, DC (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Construction cranes in the Anacosta region of Southeast Washington, DC (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in August while the unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The health care sector saw the greatest increase, with 33,000 new jobs while construction followed with 23,000 jobs.

Wholesale trade added an additional 22,000, transportation and warehousing added 20,000 and mining gained 6,000.

The labor participation rate declined slightly by 0.2 percent.

Job numbers for July were revised down from 157,000 to 147,000 and June’s were revised down from 248,000 to 208,000.

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