The economy had another strong month, adding 201,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department reported this morning. Over the last three months, employers have added an average of 185,000 workers to payrolls per month, slightly outpacing 2017’s average monthly growth of 182,000. The headline unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent.
The biggest news in the August employment report was a sharp increase in pay. The average wage paid to American workers rose by 10 cents to $27.16 an hour. The yearly rate of pay increases climbed to 2.9 percent from 2.7 percent, reaching its highest level since June 2009.
White-collar professional firms filled 53,000 positions, bringing the total created over the past 12 months to more than half a million. These are the fastest growing jobs in the country.