Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 jobs in April 2012 due to increases in professional and business services, retail trade, leisure and hospitality, and health care, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.2, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The April 2012 report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the May 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, June 1, 2012.
The April 2012 Employment Situation Report showed that the number of unemployed persons dropped to 12.5 million from 12.7 million in the previous month. Among specific job sectors, the report found:
- Professional and business services employment increased by 62,000 jobs in April 2012. Since a recent low point in September 2009, employment in this industry has grown by 1.5 million.
- Retail trade employment rose by 29,000 jobs in April 2012, with general merchandise stores adding 21,000 jobs.
- Leisure and hospitality employment added 20,000 jobs in food services and drinking places in April 2012. Since February 2010, food services and drinking places have added 576,000 jobs.
- Health care employment added 19,000 jobs in April 2012. Within the industry, employment in ambulatory health care services, which includes home health care and offices of physicians, rose by 15,000 jobs.
- Manufacturing employment grew by 16,000 jobs in April 2012. Since its most recent employment low in January 2010, manufacturing has added 489,000 jobs.
On the negative side, transportation and warehousing lost 17,000 jobs in April 2012. Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government changed little during the month.
In addition, April 2012 Employment Situation Report revised the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February 2012 from 240,000 jobs added up to 259,000 jobs added, while the change for March 2012 was revised up from 120,000 jobs added to 154,000 jobs added.
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