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Payroll employment up 138,000 in May 2017

June 06, 2017

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 138,000 in May, compared with an average monthly gain of 181,000 over the prior 12 months.

Over-the-month change in payroll employment, by industry, March–May 2017
Industry Mar 2017 Apr 2017 (p) May 2017 (p)

Mining and logging

6,000 9,000 6,000


0 -1,000 11,000


11,000 11,000 -1,000

Wholesale trade

-3,000 6,000 -2,100

Retail trade

-39,500 -5,800 -6,100

Transportation and warehousing

3,900 -200 3,600


-500 -500 -1,300


-8,000 -15,000 -2,000

Financial activities

4,000 14,000 11,000

Professional and business services

58,000 38,000 38,000

Education and health services

16,000 50,000 47,000

Leisure and hospitality

11,000 58,000 31,000

Other services

0 9,000 12,000


-9,000 1,000 -9,000

(p) Data for the most recent two months are preliminary.

In May, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+38,000). The industry has added an average of 46,000 jobs per month thus far this year, in line with the average monthly job gain in 2016.

Employment in food services and drinking places also continued to trend up in May (+30,000) and has grown by 267,000 over the past 12 months.

Employment in health care (part of education and health services) rose by 24,000 in May. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+13,000). Job growth in health care has averaged 22,000 per month thus far in 2017, compared with an average monthly gain of 32,000 in 2016.

Mining employment increased by 7,000 in May 2017.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — May 2017" (HTML) (PDF). For additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up 138,000 in May 2017 at (visited June 19, 2024).

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