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.
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.
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