Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 175,000 jobs in May 2013 while the unemployment rate inched up to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons rose to 11.8 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Until the June 2013 report is released, the May 2013 Employment Situation Report is available at

The May 2013 Employment Situation Report revised the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March 2013 from 138,000 jobs added up to 142,000 jobs added while the change for April 2013 was revised from 165,000 jobs added down to 149,000 jobs added. With these revisions, employment gains in March 2013 and April 2013 combined were 12,000 jobs less than previously reported.

Employment rose in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade during May 2013. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 172,000 jobs per month. Among specific sectors, the May 2013 Employment Situation Report found:

  • Professional and business services employment added 57,000 jobs in May 2013 with temporary help services gaining 26,000 jobs, computer systems design and related services adding 6,000 jobs, and architectural and engineering services increasing by 5,000 jobs. Employment in professional and business services has grown by 589,000 jobs over the past year.
  • Leisure and hospitality employment in food services and drinking places increased by 38,000 jobs in May 2013 and by 337,000 jobs over the past year.
  • Retail trade employment increased by 28,000 jobs in May 2013, with general merchandise stores adding 10,000. The industry added an average of 20,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.
  • Health care employment added 11,000 jobs in May 2013, with home health care services adding 7,000 jobs and outpatient care centers gaining 4,000 jobs to more than offset a loss of 6,000 jobs in hospitals. Over the prior 12 months, job growth in health care averaged 24,000 jobs per month.
  • Federal government employment declined by 14,000 jobs in May 2013. Over the past 3 months, federal government employment has decreased by 45,000 jobs.
  • Employment in other major industries including mining and logging, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and financial activities, showed little or no change in May 2013.

The Employment Situation for June 2013 is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 5, 2013. For the latest employment news updates, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

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