The strongest areas within professional and business services include computer systems design, management and technical consulting, and architectural and engineering. The sector has now added 1.1 million jobs over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Health care came in second for the month, with 48,200 jobs added. If health-care jobs were added to education and social services, as some economists do, that broad sector would have matched the 68,000 gain by professional and business services.
Retail trade was another bright spot, growing by 44,000 jobs. That was an acceleration from the 29,100 jobs added in July.
Even though job growth was positive across the…