Nightly News | August 03, 2012
>>> good evening. from olympic park here in london tonight where late night events are still under way. we begin this evening with something widely anticipated as morning broke across america. the new jobs numbers. there was already trepidation because other staff have been all over the place lately including manufacturing. then the new jobs numbers came out. they were instantly taken two ways. the up side? employers added 163,000 workers to their payrolls last month. that's better than what economists had been predicting. here's the downside. the unemployment rate ticked up a notch to 8.3%, a more worrisome sign. nbc's anne thompson has more on what the numbers mean.
>> reporter: today's report shows this recovery has yet to catch fire. the positive sign ? jobs created in many areas. leading the way, professional and business services . everything from janitors to accountants, 49,000 new jobs. leisure and hospitality, 29,000. and in manufacturing, 25,000 positions added to payroll. true part manufacturing makes metal and plastic parts for everything from satellites to the medical industry to the military while fending off foreign competition.
>> keep your costs under control.
>> reporter: production is up 25% so the owner is hiring.
>> i believe we hired six people. we went from three, four people to 12.
>> reporter: but such optimism is not universal. today's report also shows temporary jobs continue to rise up nearly 45% since the recession ended in 2009 .
>> inside sales.
>> reporter: this head of a staffing company outside indianapolis says businesses want to be flexible.
>> i think it's how do i remain smart, frugal, and prudent while doing business .
>> reporter: jobs are the issue on the presidential campaign trail. today's report provided fodder for both sides.
>> it's another hammer blow to the struggling middle class families of america because the president has not kept policies that put american families back to work.
>> we've still got too many folks out there who are looking for work. we've got more work to do on their behalf.
>> reporter: what's holding back job growth ? analysts say the crystal balls of corporations are cloudy. they can't see the future. that hurts confidence and the job market .
>> if businesses were sure that customers would be coming through the door, they would hire people to service them today.
>> reporter: after a half year of searching matthew soto finally has a job to pay his family's bills.
>> you got diapers you have to buy and clothing constantly because they're always growing.
>> reporter: one family getting back on its feet. a small piece of the nation's economy still struggling to gain momentum. anne thompson nbc news, new york.
>> interestingly, the jobs report went over pretty big on wall street today. stocks surged pretty much immediately on the numbers because they were better than expected. the dow was up 217 points. nasdaq gained 58. s&p 500 was just up under about 26 points. sue