September also saw improvement at the national level with growth of 661,000 jobs. The growth was entirely within the private sector, with leisure and hospitality leading the way, adding 318,000 jobs.
Retail trade and health care also picking up more than 100,000 jobs each in the month. Total public sector employment fell by more than 200,000 in September, with large losses in the education sector as employment in local government education and state government education fell by 231,000 and 49,000, respectively.
The job recovery at the state and national levels continues but has shown signs of moderating as employment gains remain positive but are not showing the major gains of past months.