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Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April

May 09, 2018

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April 2018, compared with an average monthly gain of 191,000 over the prior 12 months. Job gains in April occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, education and health services, and mining. Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 4 cents in April, to $26.84. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 67 cents, or 2.6 percent.

Employment and average hourly earnings by industry for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, April 2018, seasonally adjusted
Industry Over-the-month-change in employment Average hourly earnings Employment level

Total private

168,000 $26.84 126,106,000

Mining and logging

8,000 32.54 730,000

Construction

17,000 29.63 7,174,000

Manufacturing

24,000 26.91 12,655,000

Wholesale trade

-9,800 30.24 5,952,700

Retail trade

1,800 18.57 15,927,000

Transportation and warehousing

400 24.26 5,285,400

Utilities

1,000 40.34 555,300

Information

7,000 39.25 2,772,000

Financial activities

2,000 34.2 8,549,000

Professional and business services

54,000 32.23 20,869,000

Education and health services

31,000 26.8 23,517,000

Leisure and hospitality

18,000 15.83 16,272,000

Other services

14,000 24.33 5,848,000

In April, employment in professional and business services increased by 54,000. Employment in manufacturing increased by 24,000.

Health care added 24,000 jobs in April. Employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+8,000). Employment in mining increased by 8,000, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000).

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 2018" (HTML) (PDF). Also see more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/total-nonfarm-payroll-employment-increased-by-164000-in-april.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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