U.S. employers added 128,000 jobs in October, and the nation’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6 percent, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. Meanwhile, average hourly pay for workers rose 3 percent from a year earlier, to $28.18 from $27.35.
Leaders & Laggards
Below are the industries with the highest and lowest rates of employment growth for the most recent month. Additionally, monthly growth rates are shown for the prior year. The latest month’s figures are highlighted. Wage data are shown when available.
October marked the 109th straight month of U.S. job growth, the longest such streak on record. Still, gains since the 2007–09 recession have been far from evenly spread across industries.