BLS Releases April 2019 Employment Situation (May 2019)
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised up from +33,000 to +56,000, and the change for March was revised down from +196,000 to +189,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 16,000 more than previously reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses and government agencies since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors). After revisions, job gains have averaged 169,000 per month over the last 3 months.
In April, notable jobs gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance.Professional and business services added 76,000 jobs in April. In April, construction employment rose by 33,000, with gains in nonresidential specialty trade contractors (+22,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+10,000). Employment in health care grew by 27,000 in April and 404,000 over the past 12 months. Social assistance added 26,000 jobs over the month, with all of the gain in individual and family services.
In April, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 6 cents to $27.77. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 3.2 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 7 cents to $23.31 in April.
The full BLS press release on the April 2019 employment situation can be accessed in the link below:
The next employment situation report for May 2019 will be released on Friday, June 7, 2019.