Payroll employment up in April 2013
May 06, 2013
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 165,000 in April, with job gains in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 169,000 per month.
Professional and business services added 73,000 jobs in April and has added 587,000 jobs over the past year. In April, employment rose in temporary help services (+31,000), professional and technical services (+23,000), and management of companies (+7,000).
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places rose by 38,000 over the month. Retail trade employment increased by 29,000 in April; job growth occurred in general merchandise stores (+15,000) and in health and personal care stores (+5,000).
Professional and business services
Leisure and hospitality
Education and health services
Transportation and warehousing
Mining and logging
Health care (part of education and health services) added 19,000 jobs in April. Within the industry, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+14,000). Employment also continued its upward trend in social assistance (+7,000).
Employment changed little over the month in construction, with small offsetting movements in the residential and nonresidential components. Manufacturing employment was unchanged in April.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “The Employment Situation — April 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0785. More charts featuring CES employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: April 2013 (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up in April 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130506.htm (visited May 23, 2015).
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