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Payroll employment up 2,620,000 over the year ending April 2019

May 07, 2019

From April 2018 to April 2019, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,620,000, or 1.8 percent. Over that period, industries with significant changes in employment included individual and family services (+100,000, or 4.1 percent) and sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (−37,700, or −6.3 percent).

 Selected industries with significant over-the-year changes in employment, April 2018–April 2019
Industry Net change(p) Percent change(p)

Individual and family services

100,000        4.1%

Computer systems design and related services

94,400        4.5

Amusements, gambling, and recreation

91,800        5.4

Home health care services

70,100        4.8

Warehousing and storage

68,400        6.1

Services to buildings and dwellings

67,900        3.2

Offices of physicians

59,200        2.3

Residential specialty trade contractors

53,800        2.7

Architectural and engineering services

42,500        2.9

Residential building

39,000        4.9

Couriers and messengers

39,000        5.5

Accounting and bookkeeping services

37,300        3.7

Personal and laundry services

37,100        2.5

Food and beverage stores

35,900        1.2

Truck transportation

34,900        2.4

Offices of dentists

34,100        3.6

Repair and maintenance

28,500        2.2

Chemicals

27,200        3.3

Fabricated metal products

26,300        1.8

Community care facilities for the elderly

25,400        2.7

Food manufacturing

24,900        1.5

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

17,300        3.1

Gasoline stations

16,300        1.7

Air transportation

16,100        3.2

Electronic instruments

15,100        3.7

Medical and diagnostic laboratories

14,500        5.3

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

7,200        4.3

Rail transportation

-1,200       -0.6

Apparel

-8,200       -7.1

Printing and related support activities

-11,900       -2.8

Commercial banking

-16,100       -1.2

Department stores

-23,200       -2.0

Electronics and appliance stores

-23,300       -4.7

Telecommunications

-29,600       -3.9

Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores

-37,700       -6.3
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Within the health care industry, employment in home health care services increased 70,000 over the year ended April 2019, an increase of 4.8 percent. Ambulatory health care services industries such as offices of physicians (+59,200) and dentists (+34,100) also had significant job gains.

For the year ended April 2019, employment in the professional and business services industry increased by 535,000, or 2.6 percent. Within this industry, the computer systems design and related services added 94,400 jobs (4.5 percent). Employment also increased in architectural engineering services (+42, 500) and accounting and bookkeeping services (+37,300).

From April 2018 to April 2019, within the transportation and warehousing industry, employment in warehousing and storage increased by 68,400, or 6.1 percent. Truck (+34,900) and air transportation (+16,100) also had job gains. However, employment decreased in rail transportation (−1,200).

Other industries with decreases in employment over the year ending April 2019 were telecommunications (−29,600), electronics and appliance stores (−23,300), department stores (−23,200), commercial banking (−16,100), printing and related support activities (−11,900), and apparel (−8,200).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. See "The Employment Situation — April 2019" to learn more. For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 2,620,000 over the year ending April 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/payroll-employment-up-2620000-over-the-year-ending-april-2019.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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