Payroll employment changed little in May 2016; up 38,000

June 06, 2016

Total nonfarm payroll employment changed little in May, an increase of 38,000 jobs. Job growth occurred in health care. Mining continued to lose jobs, and a strike resulted in job losses in information.
Change in nonfarm employment for selected industries, April 2016–May 2016
Industry Net change in employment(p)

Mining and logging

-11,000

Logging

-600

Mining

-10,200

Oil and gas extraction

-1,700

Mining, except oil and gas

-2,400

Support activities for mining

-6,100

Construction

-15,000

Construction of buildings

-6,300

Residential building

-1,200

Nonresidential building

-5,100

Heavy and civil engineering construction

-8,200

Specialty trade contractors

-200

Residential specialty trade contractors

-3,200

Nonresidential specialty trade contractors

3,000

Manufacturing

-10,000

Durable goods

-18,000

Wood products

700

Nonmetallic mineral products

600

Primary metals

-600

Fabricated metal products

-2,900

Machinery

-7,300

Computer and electronic products

-800

Electrical equipment and appliances

-2,000

Transportation equipment

-3,200

Furniture and related products

-3,400

Miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing

600

Nondurable goods

8,000

Food manufacturing

3,200

Textile mills

-700

Textile product mills

400

Apparel

-700

Paper and paper products

700

Printing and related support activities

200

Petroleum and coal products

300

Chemicals

1,000

Plastics and rubber products

3,400

Miscellaneous nondurable goods manufacturing

-100

Trade, transportation, and utilities

0

Wholesale trade

-10,300

Durable goods

-10,900

Nondurable goods

-800

Retail trade

11,400

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

1,600

Furniture and home furnishings stores

3,000

Electronics and appliance stores

-100

Building material and garden supply stores

-1,000

Food and beverage stores

800

Health and personal care stores

3,000

Gasoline stations

-1,400

Clothing and clothing accessories stores

-4,100

Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores

3,200

General merchandise stores

8,200

Miscellaneous store retailers

-1,200

Nonstore retailers

-600

Transportation and warehousing

-500

Air transportation

1,200

Rail transportation

-700

Water transportation

300

Truck transportation

-2,400

Transit and ground passenger transportation

600

Pipeline transportation

-100

Scenic and sightseeing transportation

-700

Support activities for transportation

-2,700

Couriers and messengers

1,000

Warehousing and storage

3,000

Utilities

-1,300

Information

-34,000

Publishing industries, except Internet

1,800

Motion picture and sound recording industries

0

Broadcasting, except Internet

-900

Telecommunications

-37,200

Data processing, hosting and related services

100

Other information services

1,700

Financial activities

8,000

Finance and insurance

2,900

Monetary authorities - central bank

-100

Credit intermediation and related activities

-2,300

Securities, commodity contracts, investments, and funds and trusts

2,000

Insurance carriers and related activities

3,300

Real estate and rental and leasing

5,500

Real estate

4,100

Rental and leasing services

1,600

Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets

-200

Professional and business services

10,000

Professional and technical services

25,800

Legal services

100

Accounting and bookkeeping services

5,400

Architectural and engineering services

2,100

Specialized design services

1,300

Computer systems design and related services

7,400

Management and technical consulting services

7,200

Scientific research and development services

2,400

Advertising and related services

1,500

Other professional and technical services

-1,500

Management of companies and enterprises

-3,300

Administrative and waste services

-11,800

Administrative and support services

-10,300

Waste management and remediation services

-1,500

Education and health services

67,000

Educational services

11,700

Health care and social assistance

55,400

Health care

45,700

Social assistance

9,700

Leisure and hospitality

11,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

-10,400

Performing arts and spectator sports

-10,200

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions

3,400

Amusements, gambling, and recreation

-3,600

Accommodation and food services

20,700

Accommodation

-1,500

Food services and drinking places

22,200

Other services

-1,000

Repair and maintenance

-200

Personal and laundry services

-600

Membership associations and organizations

-500

Government

13,000

Federal

12,000

Federal, except U.S. Postal Service

2,900

U.S. Postal Service

9,700

State government

-7,000

State government education

-1,300

State government, excluding education

-5,600

Local government

8,000

Local government education

4,700

Local government, excluding education

2,600
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

Health care added 46,000 jobs in May, with increases occurring in ambulatory health care services (24,000), hospitals (17,000), and nursing care facilities (5,000).

In May, mining employment continued to decline (−10,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, mining has lost 207,000 jobs. Support activities for mining accounted for three-fourths of the jobs lost during this period, including 6,000 in May.

Employment in information declined by 34,000 in May. About 35,000 workers in the telecommunications industry were on strike and not on company payrolls during the survey reference period. Within manufacturing, employment in durable goods declined by 18,000, with job losses of 7,000 in machinery and 3,000 in furniture and related products.

Employment in professional and business services changed little in May (10,000), after increasing by 55,000 in April. Within the industry, professional and technical services added 26,000 jobs, in line with average monthly gains over the prior 12 months. Employment in temporary help services was little changed over the month (−21,000) but is down by 64,000 thus far this year.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, changed little over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — May 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: May 2016; for additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment changed little in May 2016; up 38,000 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/payroll-employment-changed-little-in-may-2016-up-38000.htm (visited August 19, 2019).

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