May 2015 Jobs Report: 223K Jobs Added in April

Posted by Paladin on May 26, 2015

223,000 jobs were added in April and the national unemployment rate is at 5.4 percent

In April, professional and business services saw an increase of  62,000 jobs. Over the past 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. Employment continued on an upward incline in computer systems design seeing an increase of 9,000, and management and technical consulting services saw an increase of 6,000.

Jobs Report for May 2015 - Chart Showing 223,000 New Jobs Added in April

The average workweek for employees on private, non-farm payrolls stayed steady in April at 34.5 hours. The average workweek for non-supervisory and production employees was stable at 33.7 hours, and for employees in manufacturing the workweek edged decreased to 40.8 hours. Factory overtime also decreased to 3.2 hours.

The average hourly earnings, however, increased marginally by 3 cents to $24.87; over the past year, average hourly earnings rose by 2.2%. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees also rose slightly, by 2 cents.

In administrative and support services as a whole, employment rose by 39,000 in April. Growth in specific areas within the industry included an increase of 16,000 in services to buildings and dwellings and an increase of 7,000 in business support services. Employment in temporary help services remained constant.
The last 3 months saw job gains of an average of 191,000 each month. According to BLS revisions, the change in non-farm payroll employment in March was changed from an increase of 126,000 to 85,000, and in February from an increase of 264,000 to  266,000. After the revisions, combined employment in March and February were 39,000 less than reported previously.

Jobs Report for May 2015 - Chart Showing National Unemployment Rate April 2013

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