Job Market

May 2024 Job Report: U.S. Economy added 175,000 jobs

The May 2024 Jobs Report shows the unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.9% in April, compared to 3.8% in March. This is the 27th consecutive month the unemployment rate has remained below 4.0%. According to the most recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), payroll employment increased by 175,000, which was less than expected. The number of unemployed people increased slightly to 6.5 million, compared to 6 million a year ago. 

The unemployment rate for college-degreed professionals 25 years and older edged up slightly to 2.2%, compared to 2.1% the prior month. The unemployment rate for job seekers with some college or an associate degree decreased from 3.4% to 3.3%. 

The labor force participation stayed the same at 62.7%. The employment-population ratio showed a slight change to 60.2%.  In April, employment trended up in health care, social assistance, transportation, and warehousing. The jobless rate tied for the highest level since January 2022.

Jobs added by industry:

  • Health Care: 72,000 jobs added
  • Government: 71,000 jobs added
  • Construction: 39,000 jobs added
  • Leisure & Hospitality: 49,000 jobs added

Based on jobs added, Construction doubled the monthly average gain over the past 12 months. Gains in Leisure & Hospitality have returned to pre-pandemic February 2020 levels. Employment showed little change over the month in other major industries, including Retail Trade; Manufacturing; Information; Financial Activities; and Professional and Business Services.

Wage Growth Increases Slightly

In March, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 12 cents to $34.69, following an increase of 5 cents in February. Average hourly earnings were up by 0.2% in March and 4.1% over the year.

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Sources: BLS, CNBC