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Total nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (-17,000) in May at 130.1 million. There were job gains in temporary help services and construction, while losses continued in manufacturing.
Several major changes affected the establishment survey data, including the conversion from the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
Under NAICS, "domains" and "supersectors" replace the old "major industry divisions" and had the following employment levels in May 2003:
|Domain or supersector||Employment|
|Natural resources and mining||561|
|Trade, transportation, and utilities||25,307|
|Professional and business services||16,029|
|Education and health services||16,516|
|Leisure and hospitality||12,034|
The data in this report are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. The NAICS conversion has resulted in major definitional changes to many of the previously published series. CES historical time series have been reconstructed as part of the NAICS conversion process. All published series now have a NAICS-based history extending back to at least 1990. See "The Employment Situation: May 2003" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03- 281.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, New classifications of payroll employment at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/jun/wk2/art01.htm (visited June 07, 2023).