April job gains broad across US industries

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Posted on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 4:46 PM

 (KMOV.com) - U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April as hiring occurred at its strongest pace since January 2012. Almost every industry stepped up hiring, according to the Labor Department's monthly employment report.

Construction firms added 32,000 workers, primarily to work on offices, commercial buildings and infrastructure instead of housing. The health care industry added 18,700, restaurants and bars 32,600.

And after consumer spending recovered in March from a winter slowdown, retailers responded in April by bringing aboard 34,000 more employees.

The gains were much broader in April than in recent months. Hiring by public school districts caused payrolls to increase for a government sector that has otherwise been shedding workers over the previous 12 months.

More than 10.4 percent of the jobs added last year were for temporary workers, a segment of the economy with little job security. Their share of the job gains last month fell to a more stable 8.4 percent.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in March.

But that drop occurred mainly because fewer people began hunting for work in April than they usually do each month. This caused the share of the population who are employed or seeking jobs to fall to 62.8 percent from 63.2 percent in March.

 

Industry                                     April 2014 March 2014 Past 12 months

Construction                                     32,000     17,000        189,000

Manufacturing                                    12,000      7,000         99,000

Retail                                           34,500     24,800        326,900

Transportation, warehousing                      11,300     12,000        105,000

Information (Telecom, publishing)                -3,000     -1,000        -32,000

Financial services                                6,000          0          3,600

Professional services (Accounting, temp work)    75,000     52,000        666,000

Education and health                             40,000     37,000        327,000

Hotels, restaurants, entertainment               28,000     34,000        412,000

Government                                       15,000      1,000         -6,000

Source: Labor Department                                                    

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