- 559,000 jobs added: 492,000 private sector plus 67,000 government. The alternate, and more volatile measure in the household report indicated a gain of 444,000 jobs, which factors into the unemployment and underemployment rates below.
- The total number of employed is still 7,629,000, or 5.0% below its pre-pandemic peak. At the rate jobs have grown this year, it will take another 12 months for employment to completely recover.
- U3 unemployment rate declined -0.3% to 5.8%, compared with the January 2020 low of 3.5%.
- U6 underemployment rate declined -0.2% to 10.2%, compared with the January 2020 low of 6.9%.
- Those on temporary layoff declined -291,000 to 1,823,000.
- Permanent job losers declined -295,000 to 3,234,000.
- March was revised upward by 15,000, while April was revised upward by 12,000, for a net gain of 27,000 jobs compared with previous reports.
Leading employment indicators of a slowdown or recession
These are leading sectors for the economy overall, and will help us gauge how strong the rebound from the pandemic will be. These were mainly positive:
- the average manufacturing workweek increased 0.1 hour to 40.5 hours. This is one of the 10 components of the LEI.
- Manufacturing jobs gained 23,000. Since the beginning of the pandemic, manufacturing has still lost -509,000, or 4.0% of the total.
- Construction jobs declined -20,000. Since the beginning of the pandemic, -225,000 construction jobs have been lost, or 2.9% of the total.
- Residential construction jobs, which are even more leading, rose by 4,400. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 32,400 jobs have been gained in this sector, or 3.9%.
- temporary jobs rose by 4,400. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have still been -294,100 jobs lost, or 10.0% of all temporary jobs.
- the number of people unemployed for 5 weeks or less declined by -391,000 to 2,023,000, which is -59,000 *less* than just before the pandemic hit.
- Professional and business employment increased by 35,000, which is still -708,000, or about 3.3%, below its pre-pandemic peak.