Retail trade added 47,000 jobs in July and has added 352,000 over the past 12 months. Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places increased by 38,000 in July and by 381,000 over the year. Financial activities employment increased by 15,000 in the same month.
Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in July (+36,000) and while manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged and has changed little, on net, over the past 12 months.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +195,000 to +176,000, and the change for June was revised from +195,000 to +188,000. With these revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 26,000 less than previously reported.