2022Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 428,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6 percent in April 2022, according to the monthly jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing.

The jobs report showed the number of unemployed persons decreased to 5.9 million in April 2022. In February 2020, prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the unemployment rate was 3.5 percent and unemployed persons numbered 5.7 million. The jobs report tracked changes in employment in all major industries.

  • Leisure and hospitality added 78,000 jobs in April 2022 (-1.4 million jobs since February 2020).
  • Manufacturing added 55,000 jobs in April 2022 (-56,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Transportation and warehousing added 52,000 jobs in April 2022 (+674,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Professional and business services added 41,000 jobs in April 2022 (+738,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Financial activities added 35,000 jobs in April 2022 (+71,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Health care added 34,000 jobs in April 2022 (-250,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Retail trade added 29,000 jobs in April 2022 (+284,000 jobs since February 2020).
  • Wholesale trade added 22,000 jobs in April 2022 (-57,000 since February 2020).
  • Mining added 9,000 jobs in April 2022 (+73,000 since a recent low in February 2021).
  • Construction, information, other services, and government showed little change in April 2022.

The change in total employment for February 2022 was revised from 750,000 jobs added to 714,000 jobs added while March 2022 was revised from 431,000 jobs added to 428,000 jobs added. With these revisions, employment in February 2022 and March 2022 combined is 39,000 jobs higher than previously reported.

The jobs report is released on the first Friday of every month at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm. The jobs report for May 2022 will be released on Friday, June 3, 2022. A PDF version of the news release for the jobs report is at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. To learn more about the BLS, visit www.bls.gov.

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