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.

Nonfarm payroll employment over-the-month change, seasonally adjusted, April 2011–April 2013
MonthEmployment change

Apr 2011

304,000

May 2011

115,000

Jun 2011

209,000

Jul 2011

78,000

Aug 2011

132,000

Sep 2011

225,000

Oct 2011

166,000

Nov 2011

174,000

Dec 2011

230,000

Jan 2012

311,000

Feb 2012

271,000

Mar 2012

205,000

Apr 2012

112,000

May 2012

125,000

Jun 2012

87,000

Jul 2012

153,000

Aug 2012

165,000

Sep 2012

138,000

Oct 2012

160,000

Nov 2012

247,000

Dec 2012

219,000

Jan 2013

148,000

Feb 2013

332,000

Mar 2013

138,000(p)

Apr 2013

165,000(p)

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

 

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).

Over-the-month change in nonfarm payroll employment, selected industries, seasonally adjusted, April 2013
IndustryEmployment change(p)

Total nonfarm

165,000

  Professional and business services

73,000

  Leisure and hospitality

43,000

  Retail trade

29,000

  Education and health services

28,000

  Financial activities

9,000

  Transportation and warehousing

4,000

  Wholesale trade

4,000

  Other services

4,000

  Manufacturing

0

  Mining and logging

-3,000

  Construction

-6,000

  Information

-9,000

  Government

-11,000

Footnotes:
(p) Preliminary.
 

 

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).

SUGGESTED CITATION

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 October 30, 2014).

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