May 08, 2007
Nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 88,000 in April to 137.7 million (seasonally adjusted).
Thus far in 2007, monthly payroll employment gains have averaged 129,000 compared with average increases of 189,000 per month in 2006.
In April, job gains in health care, food services, and a few other industries were partially offset by employment declines in manufacturing and retail trade.
These data are from the BLS Current Employment Statistics program, and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. More information can be found in "The Employment Situation: April 2007" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0638.