The U.S. Added Zero Jobs In August

Zero. None. Nada. Goose egg. Love, if you’re a tennis player.

That’s how many jobs the U.S. economy added in the month of August. None.

Despite analysts predicting job gains of 75,000 to 90,000, the economy added zero jobs, the first time in eleven months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the week the August payroll surveys were taken, 45,000 Verizon workers were on strike, which affect the numbers.

But even with those 45,000 workers added back in, the economy’s growth was much less than predicted, expected, or needed.

Health care added 30,000 jobs over the month, but those gains were offset by decreases in government employment (-17,000) and manufacturing (-3,000). The job gains for the past two months were revised downward; June’s original number of +46,000 was revised down to 20,000, while July’s +117,000 was revised down to +85,000.

And no jobs were added in August.