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US Jobs Report
May 2023

339,000 +

Total Jobs Added*

(* Non-Farm Jobs Only)

3.7 %

Unemployment Rate

(Increased by .3% since April)

Total Non-Farm payroll employment increased by 339,000 in May, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point to 3.7 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, government, health care, construction, transportation and warehousing, and social assistance.

In May, the number of persons jobless less than 5 weeks edged up by 217,000 to 2.1 million, partially offsetting a decrease in the prior month. The number of persons jobless 15 to 26 weeks increased by 179,000 to 858,000 in May. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 1.2 million and accounted for 19.8 percent of the total unemployed.

USA Industry-Specific Updates – May 2023

Professional & Business Services
+64,000

  • Scientific, and technical services +43,000
  • Job growth positive

Leisure and Hospitality
+48,000

  • Food services and drinking places + 33,000
  • +77,000 Jobs per month over the last 12 months

Healthcare
+52,000

  • Ambulatory health care +24,000
  • Hospitals +20,000
  • Nursing and residential care +9,000

Transportation & Warehousing
+24,000

  • Transportation +12,000
  • Couriers and messengers +8,000
  • Air Transportation +3,000

Construction
+25,000

  • Heavy and civil engineering +11,000

Additional Growth Sectors

  • Social assistance + 22,000
  • Government employment +56,000
  • Construction +25,000
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women (3.3 percent) and Blacks (5.6 percent) rose in May. The jobless rates for adult men (3.5 percent), teenagers (10.3 percent), Whites (3.3 percent), Asians (2.9 percent), and Hispanics (4.0 percent) showed little change over the month.
Source: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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