Report on April Employment Statistics

 
Friday, May 7, 2010
 
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000 in April.  The unemployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent, and the labor force increased sharply.  Job growth was fairly widespread, with gains in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality.  Federal government employment increased, with the addition of 66,000 short-term workers for Census 2010.  Nonfarm employment has risen by 573,000 since December, with 483,000 jobs added in the private sector.

Manufacturing continued to add jobs in April (44,000).  Employment in this industry has increased by 101,000 since December.  Three industries--fabricated metal products, machinery, and primary metals--have accounted for more than half of factory job gains so far this year.

Elsewhere in the goods-producing sector, mining employment continued to trend up over the month (7,000); the industry has added 39,000 jobs since October.  In construction, nonresidential building and heavy construction each added 9,000 jobs in April.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 80,000 over the month.  Within the industry, job growth continued in temporary help services (26,000), where employment has increased by 330,000 since September.  Employment also rose in services to buildings and dwellings (23,000) and in computer systems design (7,000) in April.

Health care added 20,000 jobs over the month, in line with average monthly growth over the prior 12 months.  Employment also continued to grow in leisure and hospitality (45,000).  The industry has added 121,000 jobs since December, led by gains in food services.

Federal government employment rose in April, reflecting the hiring of 66,000 temporary workers for Census 2010.  Employment in state and local governments was essentially unchanged.
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