Following the U.S. stock market setting an all-time record for the longest ever bull run Р3,459 days Рthat ended last week, the August jobs report has been released. Last month, building on skyrocketing growth for the entirety of 2018, 201,000 jobs were created, keeping the unemployment rate at an 18-year low Р3.9 percent Рand generating the fastest increase in worker pay since the end of the Great Recession.

The hiring increase in August reflects the widespread strength in the U.S. economy that has showed little signs of slowing down.

The biggest news, however, was a sharp hike in pay increases. In a report from Market Watch, the average wage paid to American workers rose by 10 cents to $27.16 an hour, with the yearly rate of pay climbing to 2.9 percent from 2.7 percent – the highest level since June 2009.

Industries that gained jobs:

Mining and logging: 6,000

Financial services: 11,000

Leisure and hospitality: 17,000

Transportation and warehousing: 20,200

Wholesale trade: 22,400

Construction: 23,000

Professional and business services: 53,000

Education and health services: 53,000

Industries that lost jobs:

Manufacturing: – 3,000

Government: – 3,000

Retail trade: – 5,900

Information: – 6,000

The manufacturing industry had its first decline in 13 months, possibly caused by U.S. tariffs and a scarce job pool from skilled laborers.

Although the Labor Department revised the June and July job numbers down a combined 50,000, the economy has produced an average of 207,000 new jobs per month so far this year. Most companies are continuing the hiring spree that has been seen for a majority of the year, with layoffs falling to a 50-year low.

In fact, jobless claims were at just 203,000, the lowest since December 6, 1969, the day The Rolling Stones ended their U.S. concert tour in Altamont, California.

As higher pay is enjoyed by many Americans, the Federal Reserve is expected to increase interest rates by the end of September. Increases in wages could also put more pressure on rising inflation, which may end up cancelling out most of the increases when the U.S. central bank acts.