Private-sector employment rose by 200,000 jobs this month, according to the economic report released today by payroll-processing company ADP and its partner Moody's Analytics. The figure is up from the downwardly-revised increase of 186,000 jobs in August.
"The U.S. job machine continues to produce jobs at a strong and consistent pace," said Moody's chief economist, Mark Zandi, in a press release. "Despite job losses in the energy and manufacturing industries, the economy is creating close to 200,000 jobs per month. At this pace full employment is fast approaching."
The construction industry added 35,000 jobs in September, almost doubling August's growth of 18,000. Professional and business services, a category that includes architecture and engineering firms, posted a gain of 29,000, slightly below the increase of 30,000 in August. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector took a hit, losing 15,000 jobs in September following a gain of 4,000 in August.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release its September jobs report on Friday, which will provide more specific details about job growth in the architecture, engineering, and construction market.