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Payroll employment rose by 390,000 in May 2022

June 07, 2022

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390,000, or 0.3 percent, in May 2022. Notable over-the-month job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (84,000, or 0.5 percent), professional and business services (75,000, or 0.3 percent), and transportation and warehousing (47,000, or 0.7 percent). Employment in retail trade decreased by 60,700, or 0.4 percent.

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, May 2022

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, May 2022
Industry Change since April 2022 Percent change since April 2022 Change since May 2021 Percent change since May 2021 Change since February 2020 Percent change since February 2020

Total nonfarm

390,000 0.3% 6,541,000 4.5% -822,000 -0.5%

Mining and logging

5,000 0.8 58,000 10.4 -68,000 -9.9

Construction

36,000 0.5 283,000 3.8 40,000 0.5

Manufacturing

18,000 0.1 500,000 4.1 -17,000 -0.1

Wholesale trade

14,100 0.2 196,100 3.5 -41,100 -0.7

Retail trade

-60,700 -0.4 442,900 2.9 159,000 1.0

Transportation and warehousing

47,000 0.7 477,200 7.9 709,000 12.2

Utilities

500 0.1 -3,000 -0.6 -7,800 -1.4

Information

16,000 0.5 164,000 5.9 64,000 2.2

Financial activities

8,000 0.1 201,000 2.3 78,000 0.9

Professional and business services

75,000 0.3 1,191,000 5.7 821,000 3.8

Education and health services

74,000 0.3 638,000 2.7 -340,000 -1.4

Leisure and hospitality

84,000 0.5 1,808,000 13.1 -1,345,000 -7.9

Other services

16,000 0.3 297,000 5.5 -259,000 -4.4

Government

57,000 0.3 288,000 1.3 -615,000 -2.7

Since February 2020, total nonfarm employment is down by 822,000, or 0.5 percent. Employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 1.3 million, or 7.9 percent over that span. Transportation and warehousing added 709,000 jobs (12.2 percent) from February 2020 to May 2022.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — May 2022." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment rose by 390,000 in May 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/payroll-employment-rose-by-390000-in-may-2022.htm (visited November 28, 2022).