Nonfarm employment up 211,000 in April 2017

May 09, 2017

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in April 2017. That follows gains of 79,000 in March and 232,000 in February. Employment rose in April in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities, and mining.

 

 

Over-the-month change in nonfarm employment, January 2007 to April 2017, seasonally adjusted
Month Change

Jan 2007

240,000

Feb 2007

89,000

Mar 2007

190,000

Apr 2007

80,000

May 2007

143,000

Jun 2007

75,000

Jul 2007

-34,000

Aug 2007

-20,000

Sep 2007

88,000

Oct 2007

84,000

Nov 2007

114,000

Dec 2007

98,000

Jan 2008

17,000

Feb 2008

-84,000

Mar 2008

-78,000

Apr 2008

-210,000

May 2008

-186,000

Jun 2008

-162,000

Jul 2008

-213,000

Aug 2008

-267,000

Sep 2008

-450,000

Oct 2008

-474,000

Nov 2008

-766,000

Dec 2008

-694,000

Jan 2009

-793,000

Feb 2009

-702,000

Mar 2009

-823,000

Apr 2009

-687,000

May 2009

-349,000

Jun 2009

-471,000

Jul 2009

-329,000

Aug 2009

-213,000

Sep 2009

-220,000

Oct 2009

-204,000

Nov 2009

-2,000

Dec 2009

-275,000

Jan 2010

23,000

Feb 2010

-68,000

Mar 2010

164,000

Apr 2010

243,000

May 2010

524,000

Jun 2010

-137,000

Jul 2010

-68,000

Aug 2010

-36,000

Sep 2010

-52,000

Oct 2010

262,000

Nov 2010

119,000

Dec 2010

87,000

Jan 2011

43,000

Feb 2011

189,000

Mar 2011

225,000

Apr 2011

346,000

May 2011

77,000

Jun 2011

225,000

Jul 2011

69,000

Aug 2011

110,000

Sep 2011

248,000

Oct 2011

209,000

Nov 2011

141,000

Dec 2011

209,000

Jan 2012

358,000

Feb 2012

237,000

Mar 2012

233,000

Apr 2012

78,000

May 2012

115,000

Jun 2012

76,000

Jul 2012

143,000

Aug 2012

177,000

Sep 2012

203,000

Oct 2012

146,000

Nov 2012

132,000

Dec 2012

244,000

Jan 2013

211,000

Feb 2013

286,000

Mar 2013

130,000

Apr 2013

197,000

May 2013

226,000

Jun 2013

162,000

Jul 2013

122,000

Aug 2013

261,000

Sep 2013

190,000

Oct 2013

212,000

Nov 2013

258,000

Dec 2013

47,000

Jan 2014

190,000

Feb 2014

151,000

Mar 2014

272,000

Apr 2014

329,000

May 2014

246,000

Jun 2014

304,000

Jul 2014

202,000

Aug 2014

230,000

Sep 2014

280,000

Oct 2014

227,000

Nov 2014

312,000

Dec 2014

255,000

Jan 2015

234,000

Feb 2015

238,000

Mar 2015

86,000

Apr 2015

262,000

May 2015

344,000

Jun 2015

206,000

Jul 2015

254,000

Aug 2015

157,000

Sep 2015

100,000

Oct 2015

321,000

Nov 2015

272,000

Dec 2015

239,000

Jan 2016

126,000

Feb 2016

237,000

Mar 2016

225,000

Apr 2016

153,000

May 2016

43,000

Jun 2016

297,000

Jul 2016

291,000

Aug 2016

176,000

Sep 2016

249,000

Oct 2016

124,000

Nov 2016

164,000

Dec 2016

155,000

Jan 2017

216,000

Feb 2017

232,000

Mar 2017

79,000(p)

Apr 2017

211,000(p)
Footnotes:

(p) Preliminary.

In April, leisure and hospitality added 55,000 jobs. Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+26,000) and has increased by 260,000 over the year.

 

 

Over-the-month employment change by industry, April 2017, seasonally adjusted
Industry Change Was change statistically significant?

Leisure and hospitality

55,000 Yes

Education and health services

41,000 Yes

Professional and business services

39,000 No

Financial activities

19,000 Yes

Government

17,000 No

Mining and logging

10,000 Yes

Wholesale trade

8,200 No

Other services

7,000 No

Retail trade

6,300 No

Manufacturing

6,000 No

Construction

5,000 No

Transportation and warehousing

3,500 No

Utilities

700 No

Information

-7,000 No

Note: All numbers are preliminary.

Employment in education and health services increased by 41,000 in April. Health care employment continued to trend up over the month (+20,000). This is in line with the industry's average monthly job growth during the first quarter of this year but below the average gain of 32,000 per month in 2016. Social assistance added 17,000 jobs in April, with all of the gain in individual and family services.

In April, financial activities added 19,000 jobs, with insurance carriers and related activities accounting for most of the gain (+14,000). Over the year, financial activities has added 173,000 jobs.

Employment in mining rose by 9,000 in April, with most of the increase in support activities for mining (+7,000). Since a recent low in October 2016, mining has added 44,000 jobs, with three-fourths of the gain in support activities for mining.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in April (+39,000). The industry has added 612,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see “The Employment Situation — April 2017” (HTML) (PDF). 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, Nonfarm employment up 211,000 in April 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/nonfarm-employment-up-211000-in-april-2017.htm (visited June 26, 2017).

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