September 2nd, 2011
08:52 AM ET

No jobs added in August

Hiring slammed to a complete halt in August as several fresh challenges put the American economy in turmoil.

Employers added no jobs during the month and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1%, the Labor Department said Friday.

The report was partially distorted by 22,000 state workers in Minnesota returning to work after a temporary government shutdown in July, as well as 45,000 Verizon workers on strike in August.

Those effects made it hard to compare the August jobs number to the 85,000 jobs gained in July.

Still though, the overall figure is considered weak in comparison to job gains of about 200,000-a-month, earlier this year.

Economists typically estimate the nation needs to add about 150,000 jobs each month to keep up with population growth alone. It needs even stronger growth to recover the millions of jobs lost during the financial crisis.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    they always have jobs at mc donalds..

    September 2, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Exactly, Ruffie.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Boehner is happy. Where are all the jobs he promised? Bachmann is too self absorbed to worry about the middle class. Most of the GOPers are running for Prez. I can not believe the GOPers are going for Perry. The devil, low paying job, wretch.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. WKMMW

    @Scottish Mama: Once again you engage in partisan tirades that have gotten us here in the first place. Obviously people are well aware that trickle down doesn't work, nor does corporate America care about workers here, but what have your lovely and wondrous Dumbocrats done to fix the problems with outsourcing? 9 million jobs lost in a decade added to the 12 million illegal immigrants here doing other jobs are the two main treasons I mean reasons for the job market being so bad. I have yet to hear a dumbocrat suggest an increase in tariffs and taxes for all goods entering the country from outsourced or foreign labor. They don't say this, because they don't care either. I don't want tax hikes on the few rich people who are here contributing to this country, so I can get more food stamps. Hanging on the cross or pounding in someone else's nails are not options for me. Have fun in ignorantville.. Or are you purposefully just trying to pursued readers to accept your viewpoint as gospel?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      And you voted for?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. slider

    Trickle up poverty and misery. There are only so many good paying teleprompter jobs...what am I to do?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. WKMMW

    @slider: Repugs let the jobs go and the Mexicans in. Dumbos lied to the union workers and call anyone a racist that wants immigration enforced. It's lose/lose.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Jobs that are beneath you.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Yep...a lot of blame to go around, too much politics. I am just worried about the direction of our country. I do not look forward to my children living in a bankrupt and socolist America.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. CollegeMom

    I currently work for Wal-Mart, full-time employee and I have been with this company for 5 + years. I currently pay a portion of my healthcare benefits, I have a 401K pension, own stock, and receive My Share Bonus checks quarterly. In the Wal-Mart store that I currently work in, we are hiring at this time, however, all the positions are part time. They have been part time positions for sometime now. I live in Indiana were the unemployment rate is well over 12 % and I feel very lucky to have a good job with this company. I have returned to college and I am working on a degree in healthcare mgt. to be completed in 2 years at night while working full time.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      They hire part-time so they do not have to pay benefits. 2 more years and you will be vested. Good for you but it is walmart that kills all the mom and pop stores. Don't mention unions or you will be fired. Most of walmarts products are made out of the USA. I have not shopped there since 2003.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Our local Wal-Mart fired every cashier employed over five years. Did it to save money, hired part time people to replace them...lines are forever now. We incentivize this type of behavior by giving Managers a bonus for cutting costs...personnel costs are the easiest to they cut people instead of other more difficult costs. But Managers don't realize their employees are someone else’s customers…when they stop spending money that company will lay off its people who are Wal-Mart customers. And the death cycle begins…

      September 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Neither Democrats nor Republicans "care" about any particular group.
    Elected politicians do their jobs: getting reelected. They are professionals.
    They cater to groups that will vote for them and to individuals and groups that will give them campaign money.
    They are in business.
    "Business is business."

    September 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      So what is our recourse to save ourselves?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    BS. There weren't 85,000 jobs gained in July...there were about 65,000 more jobs lost. We need to create about 150,000 jobs per month just to keep up with population growth. They always forget to mention that. Or did they?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Scottish Mama:
    The country has always worked this way. That's why we vote.
    More people now have a mentality of expecting the government to provide them with "jobs," many of them overpaid, or just plain old free money, so we don't produce much anymore.
    I think that we have to save ourselves INDIVIDUALLY. Either we adjust to poverty, or each person attempts to gain enough power to be sure that he himself is affluent.
    The politicians elected to positions in the government are doing very well financially. They're in business for themselves, but the have to tell you that they do their jobs out of concern for YOU, and that they do it because they are really nice guys.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Almost all political types run on the promise to change Washington. However, the first order of business is to sign a loyality oath to their political party. To support it, vote its way, to protect it. They end up working for their party and not for the people that elected them. The Party calls the shots and they toe the line. If you think your politician works for you you are very wrong. He signed the loyality oath and he works for his party. We the people are just the check book.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ride

      Wee said Joey. Add to that the fact that both parties have idealogue's that are more then willing to tow the party line and follow that D or R right off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings.

      September 3, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    ADDENDUM to 11:07 AM post:
    It's even better for a politician's reelection campaign if he can say that his concern stems from the Bible. Reference to specific verses helps, and the New Testament is better in most neighborhoods.
    The Koran's day is coming soon.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mad Hatter

    And the NYSE is down close to 200 points. Due to the no jobs made.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. rosskon1

    I think it would be great for Apple to open a chip making plant, an LCD making plant and open up an iphone and ipad factory here in the US, using all American workers. If they had to charge two or three times as much for the product, we would still buy them since they are amazing products and more of us would have jobs. You know, set an example for the rest of the successful companies.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. AaronT3

    Over Ten years of tax breaks given to the "Job Creators" and still no jobs in America!! Yet, Republican Tea Bags want the tax breaks to continue. I say we should recoup the taxes they have not paid for the last 10 years and have the government use it to create jobs since the Republican Tea Bag Job Creators cannot seem to get it done. (10 years)

    September 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Overall this had been a pretty thoughtful and non-political blog until you made your bias and somewhat questionable I.Q. public.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Allen

    Thank you Tea party/GOP for the "default" that wouldn't hurt the country or the middle class. You were, and you still are, willing to throw the entire country and the middle class under the bus to defeat the President and regain power. Some Christians you all turned out to be...

    When will the Amercian people wake up and realize the danger coming from the loonies on the right?

    September 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Philip's 10:52 AM point about population growth is very relevant to the problem, and especially so when many babies produced are to earn welfare money to help the mother's survival in this unproductive economy.
    Of course, many persons who swell the population will send their votes to Democrats.
    Republicans whom I know do not often create children that they cannot adequately support.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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