Employment Trends April 2013
Over the past year, employment growth averaged 169,000 per month; however, nonfarm employment rose by 165,000 jobs in April. The American Staffing Association reported that the unemployment rate experienced a minimal change last month at 7.5%, decreasing only by .4 percentage point. The unemployment rate has been relatively constant over the past few months. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) decreased by 258,000 to 4.4 million. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has decreased by 687,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that food services and drinking places, retail trade and healthcare gained 38,000, 29,000 and 19,000 jobs respectively. The trend in social assistance continued in April, with an increase of 7,000 jobs for the industry. Construction employment changed little over the month, the industry has gained an average of 27,000 jobs per month over the prior 6 months. Manufacturing employment remained unchanged in April. Other major industries including mining and logging, wholesale trade, financial activities, transportation and warehousing and government showed little change over the month.
An article by the Staffing Industry Analysts reported that U.S. temporary help services jobs increased by 30,800. The year-over-year increase is 184,000 for the month of April. The workweek in the manufacturing industry decreased by .01 hour to 40.7 hours and overtime has decreased by .1 hour to 3.3 hours.