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Payroll employment up 253,000 in April 2023

May 11, 2023

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 253,000 in April 2023, compared with the average monthly gain of 290,000 over the prior 6 months. In April, employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, health care, leisure and hospitality, and social assistance.

Employment levels by industry, April 2018–April 2023
Month Total nonfarm Total private Mining and logging Construction Manufacturing Wholesale trade Retail trade Transportation and warehousing

Apr 2018

148,426,000 125,982,000 722,000 7,212,000 12,631,000 5,815,600 15,772,700 5,373,200

May 2018

148,755,000 126,306,000 726,000 7,274,000 12,657,000 5,820,900 15,788,100 5,404,200

Jun 2018

148,966,000 126,484,000 730,000 7,292,000 12,691,000 5,823,700 15,740,700 5,425,500

Jul 2018

149,022,000 126,586,000 730,000 7,318,000 12,711,000 5,836,600 15,725,000 5,433,400

Aug 2018

149,272,000 126,804,000 739,000 7,347,000 12,725,000 5,854,900 15,725,500 5,468,100

Sep 2018

149,361,000 126,887,000 739,000 7,375,000 12,744,000 5,850,900 15,686,200 5,488,600

Oct 2018

149,526,000 127,047,000 742,000 7,389,000 12,767,000 5,857,400 15,643,400 5,516,900

Nov 2018

149,622,000 127,149,000 737,000 7,386,000 12,777,000 5,865,800 15,686,700 5,536,100

Dec 2018

149,805,000 127,294,000 743,000 7,396,000 12,796,000 5,870,600 15,632,600 5,521,600

Jan 2019

150,114,000 127,590,000 747,000 7,424,000 12,833,000 5,881,000 15,612,200 5,588,700

Feb 2019

150,092,000 127,556,000 741,000 7,396,000 12,822,000 5,888,300 15,593,000 5,569,400

Mar 2019

150,320,000 127,747,000 740,000 7,422,000 12,822,000 5,886,000 15,578,500 5,589,900

Apr 2019

150,563,000 127,953,000 738,000 7,459,000 12,820,000 5,889,800 15,573,300 5,620,900

May 2019

150,630,000 128,061,000 737,000 7,486,000 12,815,000 5,886,200 15,558,700 5,644,100

Jun 2019

150,797,000 128,220,000 734,000 7,511,000 12,820,000 5,878,000 15,530,600 5,678,300

Jul 2019

150,879,000 128,337,000 727,000 7,525,000 12,826,000 5,887,600 15,528,300 5,688,000

Aug 2019

151,111,000 128,497,000 721,000 7,530,000 12,825,000 5,885,500 15,519,300 5,696,000

Sep 2019

151,318,000 128,673,000 718,000 7,551,000 12,823,000 5,886,900 15,525,600 5,709,200

Oct 2019

151,447,000 128,772,000 719,000 7,556,000 12,772,000 5,896,600 15,536,100 5,717,900

Nov 2019

151,662,000 128,948,000 708,000 7,545,000 12,815,000 5,895,200 15,527,800 5,729,600

Dec 2019

151,764,000 129,041,000 694,000 7,528,000 12,801,000 5,898,300 15,544,800 5,747,100

Jan 2020

152,098,000 129,315,000 688,000 7,580,000 12,790,000 5,898,900 15,528,600 5,807,700

Feb 2020

152,371,000 129,500,000 686,000 7,608,000 12,785,000 5,892,900 15,519,900 5,785,700

Mar 2020

150,944,000 128,103,000 676,000 7,539,000 12,720,000 5,878,300 15,431,000 5,805,300

Apr 2020

130,430,000 108,503,000 619,000 6,527,000 11,414,000 5,487,000 13,253,800 5,286,900

May 2020

133,055,000 111,659,000 594,000 7,009,000 11,646,000 5,502,800 13,639,200 5,307,300

Jun 2020

137,620,000 116,213,000 579,000 7,170,000 11,977,000 5,538,800 14,440,700 5,435,100

Jul 2020

139,064,000 117,555,000 568,000 7,195,000 12,018,000 5,521,200 14,663,200 5,490,300

Aug 2020

140,799,000 118,788,000 560,000 7,225,000 12,044,000 5,537,100 14,957,400 5,590,500

Sep 2020

141,760,000 119,841,000 559,000 7,256,000 12,101,000 5,564,300 14,998,100 5,658,900

Oct 2020

142,479,000 120,712,000 556,000 7,310,000 12,125,000 5,575,700 15,107,800 5,740,200

Nov 2020

142,743,000 121,062,000 554,000 7,317,000 12,159,000 5,589,500 15,113,700 5,843,500

Dec 2020

142,475,000 120,804,000 557,000 7,355,000 12,199,000 5,601,300 15,117,700 5,848,700

Jan 2021

142,969,000 121,188,000 550,000 7,363,000 12,196,000 5,614,300 15,177,300 5,885,600

Feb 2021

143,544,000 121,751,000 541,000 7,291,000 12,222,000 5,623,200 15,207,600 5,936,700

Mar 2021

144,328,000 122,452,000 554,000 7,395,000 12,270,000 5,637,600 15,233,900 6,015,900

Apr 2021

144,614,000 122,685,000 556,000 7,406,000 12,228,000 5,653,200 15,201,700 6,003,000

May 2021

145,096,000 123,166,000 556,000 7,394,000 12,259,000 5,671,000 15,220,500 6,035,500

Jun 2021

145,789,000 123,790,000 560,000 7,400,000 12,276,000 5,693,100 15,256,400 6,087,400

Jul 2021

146,558,000 124,521,000 561,000 7,415,000 12,349,000 5,719,300 15,222,600 6,137,500

Aug 2021

147,221,000 125,121,000 564,000 7,431,000 12,395,000 5,737,100 15,234,500 6,198,600

Sep 2021

147,778,000 125,704,000 564,000 7,472,000 12,437,000 5,757,100 15,305,400 6,257,600

Oct 2021

148,559,000 126,522,000 568,000 7,514,000 12,496,000 5,778,000 15,359,000 6,331,600

Nov 2021

149,173,000 127,135,000 572,000 7,560,000 12,540,000 5,800,000 15,354,000 6,383,300

Dec 2021

149,742,000 127,686,000 579,000 7,594,000 12,584,000 5,830,900 15,365,200 6,444,400

Jan 2022

150,106,000 128,031,000 578,000 7,590,000 12,617,000 5,854,700 15,395,300 6,489,200

Feb 2022

151,010,000 128,928,000 583,000 7,669,000 12,654,000 5,882,000 15,564,100 6,563,300

Mar 2022

151,424,000 129,351,000 589,000 7,692,000 12,716,000 5,917,900 15,542,000 6,588,700

Apr 2022

151,678,000 129,577,000 598,000 7,698,000 12,768,000 5,942,800 15,504,600 6,621,900

May 2022

152,042,000 129,920,000 600,000 7,736,000 12,789,000 5,961,100 15,453,200 6,667,200

Jun 2022

152,412,000 130,302,000 607,000 7,749,000 12,819,000 5,966,300 15,467,300 6,684,200

Jul 2022

152,980,000 130,795,000 613,000 7,773,000 12,860,000 5,982,300 15,476,700 6,703,600

Aug 2022

153,332,000 131,101,000 611,000 7,781,000 12,891,000 5,995,500 15,513,400 6,712,100

Sep 2022

153,682,000 131,445,000 613,000 7,797,000 12,917,000 6,003,800 15,502,300 6,721,800

Oct 2022

154,006,000 131,744,000 616,000 7,814,000 12,954,000 6,019,600 15,496,700 6,741,700

Nov 2022

154,296,000 131,972,000 624,000 7,833,000 12,968,000 6,019,200 15,451,100 6,704,600

Dec 2022

154,535,000 132,204,000 628,000 7,859,000 12,974,000 6,028,800 15,477,800 6,704,900

Jan 2023

155,007,000 132,557,000 632,000 7,885,000 12,985,000 6,037,700 15,500,100 6,736,600

Feb 2023

155,255,000 132,750,000 633,000 7,899,000 12,988,000 6,044,400 15,548,100 6,718,900

Mar 2023

155,420,000 132,873,000 635,000 7,888,000 12,980,000 6,045,400 15,528,600 6,732,700

Apr 2023

155,673,000 133,103,000 642,000 7,903,000 12,991,000 6,043,200 15,536,300 6,743,300
Employment levels by industry, Apr 2018–Apr 2023 … continued
Month Utilities Information Financial activities Professional and business services Private education and health services Leisure and hospitality Other services Government

Apr 2018

556,800 2,838,000 8,546,000 20,920,000 23,545,000 16,226,000 5,824,000 22,444,000

May 2018

555,400 2,841,000 8,572,000 20,980,000 23,591,000 16,261,000 5,835,000 22,449,000

Jun 2018

554,500 2,838,000 8,590,000 21,029,000 23,616,000 16,310,000 5,844,000 22,482,000

Jul 2018

551,200 2,841,000 8,600,000 21,041,000 23,641,000 16,329,000 5,829,000 22,436,000

Aug 2018

551,200 2,840,000 8,612,000 21,080,000 23,689,000 16,343,000 5,829,000 22,468,000

Sep 2018

551,100 2,838,000 8,629,000 21,111,000 23,711,000 16,325,000 5,838,000 22,474,000

Oct 2018

551,800 2,850,000 8,643,000 21,134,000 23,755,000 16,356,000 5,841,000 22,479,000

Nov 2018

551,700 2,850,000 8,651,000 21,138,000 23,770,000 16,361,000 5,839,000 22,473,000

Dec 2018

551,100 2,851,000 8,661,000 21,157,000 23,856,000 16,412,000 5,846,000 22,511,000

Jan 2019

551,100 2,842,000 8,675,000 21,163,000 23,903,000 16,517,000 5,853,000 22,524,000

Feb 2019

550,000 2,844,000 8,683,000 21,191,000 23,926,000 16,498,000 5,854,000 22,536,000

Mar 2019

550,400 2,850,000 8,705,000 21,216,000 23,989,000 16,523,000 5,875,000 22,573,000

Apr 2019

547,300 2,846,000 8,724,000 21,269,000 24,055,000 16,520,000 5,891,000 22,610,000

May 2019

549,300 2,854,000 8,736,000 21,314,000 24,089,000 16,505,000 5,887,000 22,569,000

Jun 2019

551,700 2,873,000 8,749,000 21,363,000 24,135,000 16,499,000 5,897,000 22,577,000

Jul 2019

550,500 2,866,000 8,770,000 21,384,000 24,173,000 16,511,000 5,901,000 22,542,000

Aug 2019

549,500 2,867,000 8,786,000 21,413,000 24,231,000 16,574,000 5,900,000 22,614,000

Sep 2019

548,100 2,872,000 8,785,000 21,421,000 24,286,000 16,645,000 5,902,000 22,645,000

Oct 2019

546,500 2,873,000 8,800,000 21,425,000 24,325,000 16,710,000 5,895,000 22,675,000

Nov 2019

547,700 2,883,000 8,816,000 21,432,000 24,392,000 16,745,000 5,912,000 22,714,000

Dec 2019

548,900 2,891,000 8,821,000 21,422,000 24,436,000 16,794,000 5,915,000 22,723,000

Jan 2020

547,100 2,901,000 8,838,000 21,424,000 24,524,000 16,853,000 5,935,000 22,783,000

Feb 2020

547,500 2,908,000 8,869,000 21,437,000 24,576,000 16,945,000 5,940,000 22,871,000

Mar 2020

547,300 2,899,000 8,852,000 21,353,000 24,354,000 16,198,000 5,850,000 22,841,000

Apr 2020

542,400 2,640,000 8,589,000 19,170,000 21,752,000 8,710,000 4,512,000 21,927,000

May 2020

542,200 2,610,000 8,605,000 19,364,000 22,153,000 9,945,000 4,741,000 21,396,000

Jun 2020

539,500 2,622,000 8,622,000 19,734,000 22,708,000 11,754,000 5,093,000 21,407,000

Jul 2020

539,200 2,617,000 8,622,000 19,926,000 22,901,000 12,261,000 5,233,000 21,509,000

Aug 2020

541,300 2,642,000 8,647,000 20,111,000 23,104,000 12,542,000 5,287,000 22,011,000

Sep 2020

542,900 2,698,000 8,676,000 20,231,000 23,193,000 13,029,000 5,334,000 21,919,000

Oct 2020

541,700 2,695,000 8,698,000 20,449,000 23,291,000 13,271,000 5,352,000 21,767,000

Nov 2020

542,000 2,702,000 8,708,000 20,553,000 23,349,000 13,289,000 5,342,000 21,681,000

Dec 2020

541,500 2,715,000 8,720,000 20,710,000 23,348,000 12,780,000 5,311,000 21,671,000

Jan 2021

542,300 2,749,000 8,734,000 20,854,000 23,365,000 12,835,000 5,322,000 21,781,000

Feb 2021

542,500 2,765,000 8,723,000 20,940,000 23,427,000 13,207,000 5,325,000 21,793,000

Mar 2021

543,200 2,770,000 8,733,000 21,067,000 23,538,000 13,352,000 5,342,000 21,876,000

Apr 2021

543,800 2,792,000 8,753,000 21,048,000 23,573,000 13,558,000 5,369,000 21,929,000

May 2021

544,200 2,820,000 8,760,000 21,131,000 23,615,000 13,782,000 5,378,000 21,930,000

Jun 2021

544,800 2,837,000 8,767,000 21,234,000 23,635,000 14,055,000 5,444,000 21,999,000

Jul 2021

545,500 2,866,000 8,804,000 21,397,000 23,680,000 14,339,000 5,485,000 22,037,000

Aug 2021

544,900 2,902,000 8,821,000 21,500,000 23,708,000 14,565,000 5,520,000 22,100,000

Sep 2021

546,100 2,917,000 8,850,000 21,592,000 23,707,000 14,765,000 5,534,000 22,074,000

Oct 2021

546,700 2,934,000 8,877,000 21,821,000 23,803,000 14,931,000 5,563,000 22,037,000

Nov 2021

547,500 2,955,000 8,912,000 21,960,000 23,851,000 15,108,000 5,592,000 22,038,000

Dec 2021

548,100 2,973,000 8,935,000 22,069,000 23,892,000 15,258,000 5,613,000 22,056,000

Jan 2022

550,200 2,985,000 8,941,000 22,164,000 23,887,000 15,374,000 5,606,000 22,075,000

Feb 2022

551,200 2,992,000 8,982,000 22,306,000 23,996,000 15,536,000 5,649,000 22,082,000

Mar 2022

551,700 3,018,000 8,997,000 22,439,000 24,050,000 15,590,000 5,660,000 22,073,000

Apr 2022

551,800 3,035,000 9,034,000 22,421,000 24,105,000 15,626,000 5,671,000 22,101,000

May 2022

552,500 3,067,000 9,040,000 22,493,000 24,181,000 15,699,000 5,681,000 22,122,000

Jun 2022

552,900 3,089,000 9,043,000 22,582,000 24,277,000 15,774,000 5,691,000 22,110,000

Jul 2022

554,200 3,102,000 9,057,000 22,659,000 24,404,000 15,887,000 5,723,000 22,185,000

Aug 2022

555,500 3,110,000 9,066,000 22,707,000 24,496,000 15,935,000 5,727,000 22,231,000

Sep 2022

555,600 3,113,000 9,068,000 22,755,000 24,576,000 16,074,000 5,748,000 22,237,000

Oct 2022

556,900 3,116,000 9,086,000 22,791,000 24,661,000 16,135,000 5,756,000 22,262,000

Nov 2022

556,000 3,129,000 9,097,000 22,791,000 24,756,000 16,258,000 5,785,000 22,324,000

Dec 2022

555,300 3,120,000 9,101,000 22,814,000 24,827,000 16,316,000 5,798,000 22,331,000

Jan 2023

553,700 3,097,000 9,100,000 22,858,000 24,938,000 16,415,000 5,819,000 22,450,000

Feb 2023

552,600 3,089,000 9,100,000 22,879,000 25,002,000 16,472,000 5,824,000 22,505,000

Mar 2023

554,300 3,095,000 9,099,000 22,902,000 25,062,000 16,512,000 5,839,000 22,547,000

Apr 2023

555,300 3,096,000 9,122,000 22,945,000 25,139,000 16,543,000 5,844,000 22,570,000
Employment levels by industry, Apr 2018–Apr 2023 … continued
Month Federal government State government Local government

Apr 2018

2,800,000 5,177,000 14,467,000

May 2018

2,793,000 5,174,000 14,482,000

Jun 2018

2,798,000 5,179,000 14,505,000

Jul 2018

2,799,000 5,175,000 14,462,000

Aug 2018

2,801,000 5,174,000 14,493,000

Sep 2018

2,805,000 5,183,000 14,486,000

Oct 2018

2,805,000 5,183,000 14,491,000

Nov 2018

2,809,000 5,165,000 14,499,000

Dec 2018

2,808,000 5,176,000 14,527,000

Jan 2019

2,804,000 5,174,000 14,546,000

Feb 2019

2,810,000 5,183,000 14,543,000

Mar 2019

2,813,000 5,192,000 14,568,000

Apr 2019

2,828,000 5,192,000 14,590,000

May 2019

2,825,000 5,151,000 14,593,000

Jun 2019

2,834,000 5,171,000 14,572,000

Jul 2019

2,830,000 5,192,000 14,520,000

Aug 2019

2,855,000 5,212,000 14,547,000

Sep 2019

2,852,000 5,219,000 14,574,000

Oct 2019

2,838,000 5,237,000 14,600,000

Nov 2019

2,842,000 5,247,000 14,625,000

Dec 2019

2,836,000 5,248,000 14,639,000

Jan 2020

2,856,000 5,271,000 14,656,000

Feb 2020

2,855,000 5,317,000 14,699,000

Mar 2020

2,876,000 5,266,000 14,699,000

Apr 2020

2,880,000 5,117,000 13,930,000

May 2020

2,878,000 5,060,000 13,458,000

Jun 2020

2,884,000 5,061,000 13,462,000

Jul 2020

2,907,000 5,071,000 13,531,000

Aug 2020

3,158,000 5,116,000 13,737,000

Sep 2020

3,122,000 5,095,000 13,702,000

Oct 2020

2,978,000 5,073,000 13,716,000

Nov 2020

2,889,000 5,074,000 13,718,000

Dec 2020

2,895,000 5,080,000 13,696,000

Jan 2021

2,887,000 5,162,000 13,732,000

Feb 2021

2,881,000 5,167,000 13,745,000

Mar 2021

2,887,000 5,195,000 13,794,000

Apr 2021

2,899,000 5,191,000 13,839,000

May 2021

2,891,000 5,179,000 13,860,000

Jun 2021

2,889,000 5,190,000 13,920,000

Jul 2021

2,888,000 5,163,000 13,986,000

Aug 2021

2,890,000 5,149,000 14,061,000

Sep 2021

2,887,000 5,138,000 14,049,000

Oct 2021

2,877,000 5,132,000 14,028,000

Nov 2021

2,882,000 5,120,000 14,036,000

Dec 2021

2,873,000 5,113,000 14,070,000

Jan 2022

2,874,000 5,101,000 14,100,000

Feb 2022

2,874,000 5,088,000 14,120,000

Mar 2022

2,873,000 5,063,000 14,137,000

Apr 2022

2,871,000 5,077,000 14,153,000

May 2022

2,868,000 5,092,000 14,162,000

Jun 2022

2,851,000 5,090,000 14,169,000

Jul 2022

2,867,000 5,103,000 14,215,000

Aug 2022

2,865,000 5,109,000 14,257,000

Sep 2022

2,867,000 5,115,000 14,255,000

Oct 2022

2,871,000 5,104,000 14,287,000

Nov 2022

2,873,000 5,116,000 14,335,000

Dec 2022

2,874,000 5,087,000 14,370,000

Jan 2023

2,886,000 5,156,000 14,408,000

Feb 2023

2,895,000 5,175,000 14,435,000

Mar 2023

2,903,000 5,188,000 14,456,000

Apr 2023

2,906,000 5,191,000 14,473,000

Within professional and business services, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services increased by 45,000. Employment in health care increased by 40,000 jobs. Employment gains in ambulatory health care services (+24,000), nursing and residential care facilities (+9,000), and hospitals (+7,000) contributed to the increase in health care employment. Social assistance employment rose by 25,000 jobs.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in April (+25,000), after increasing by an average of 50,000 per month over the prior 6 months.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — April 2023." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 253,000 in April 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/payroll-employment-up-253000-in-april-2023.htm (visited March 01, 2024).

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