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In April, employment growth was led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.
According to the Employment Situation Summary for April from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), professional and business services added 75,000 jobs. Employment in this industry increased by an average of 55,000 per month over the prior 12 months. Employment growth also continued in temporary help services (+24,000), in management of companies and enterprises (+12,000), and in computer systems design and related services (+9,000).
Employment in construction grew by 32,000 with job growth in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000) and residential building (+7,000). Construction added 189,000 jobs over the past year, with almost three-fourths of the gain occurring in the past 6 months.
Mining added 10,000 jobs in April, with most of the gain in support activities for mining (+7,000).
Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.
Retail trade employment rose by 35,000 in April. Although electronics and appliance stores lost 11,000 jobs in April, wholesale trade added 16,000 jobs over the month and has added 126,000 jobs over the year.
Job growth occurred in food and beverage stores (+9,000), general merchandise stores (+8,000) motor vehicle and parts dealers (+6,000) and nonstore retailers (+4,000).
The Employment Situation for May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 6.
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