The services sector had the weakest growth, as employment increased by only 95,000, little more than half the size of gains made in recent months.
The report also said the job growth in June and July was downwardly revised to 210,000 jobs and 189,000 jobs, respectively, reflecting a net downward revision of 41,000 jobs. After-all, it has been a decade since the job market was last at full-employment, and numerous Millennials that joined the workforce during this time don't know how to ask for a raise. A sub-4 percent unemployment rate by this time next year is a real possibility.
The number of people not in the labor force rose slightly, from 94.66 million in July to 94.79 million in August.
This means that unemployment, which is already a low 4.4 percent, is set to decline further.
Goods-producing employment rose by 70,000 jobs during the month, as gains in durable goods manufacturing and construction led by both adding 28,000 jobs in August.
The preceding three-month average of jobs added is 184,000, which puts the August number about 15 percent down by comparison.
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The leading source of job growth was in manufacturing, which added 36,000 jobs.
Employment in business and professional services and health services had decent growth as well. Retail stores and auto dealers added just 800 jobs after having lost 1,900 in July.
The report said average hourly employee earnings crept up by 0.1% to USD29.39 in August.
The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 3 per cent in the second quarter, its fastest pace since the beginning of 2015.
The figures made for disappointing reading for Donald Trump, who hasput jobs and wage growth among the top priorities for his administration. Pay raises typically average 3.5% to 4% when the unemployment rate is this low. Despite ostensibly tighter labour markets, wage growth has been stuck at 2.5% over the last 5 months, similar to the 2.6% average increase past year.
As for what all those workers are getting paid - wages remain in a "hold" pattern, with barely a gain seen all year.