July's modest job gains offered at least one encouraging takeaway: Nearly every major industry group boosted the ranks of its workforce.
Once again, almost all of the 162,000 jobs added were in the service sector. And half of the jobs created were at retail businesses (46,800) and bars and restaurants (38,400) — among the lowest-paying fields.
Still, steady hiring in those industries can be a good sign for the economy. It typically means businesses are more confident in consumers' ability to spend, which drives more economic growth.
And several higher-paying industries also added employees last month. Automakers created 9,100 jobs. Financial services firms hired 15,000 more workers. Local governments added 6,000 positions, their fifth straight month of job growth.
The only major industry to cut jobs was construction.
Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category: