07 September 2012 17:20 [Source: ICIS news]
In its monthly jobs report, the department said that the chemicals industry shed about 300 jobs last month, dropping the total industry workforce to 797,400.
The August decline in chemicals industry hiring followed two months of modest jobs growth for the sector.
In contrast, the plastics and rubber products industry saw a net gain of 800 jobs in August, bringing the sector’s total workforce to 650,400.
Overall, the department’s employment report showed a weakening jobs picture for the nation, with only 96,000 new hires last month, a figure well below expectations.
The department also revised downward
The July figure was revised from the original report of 163,000 new jobs down to 141,000.
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