Professional services, retail boost April hiring

U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring over the previous two months was much stronger than the government first estimated.

The solid month of job growth was driven entirely by the service industry. Construction companies and governments cut jobs, while hiring at factories was flat.

Professional and business services led all categories with 73,000 jobs added in April. Many of those were in higher-paying sectors: a sub-category that includes accounting, engineering and architecture firms added 23,000 jobs. Roughly 31,000 of the professional and business services jobs, however, were temporary positions.

The leisure and hospitality industry, which includes hotels and restaurants, added 43,000 jobs after creating 38,000 in March.

And retailers bounced back, adding 29,300 jobs. That followed a disappointing March when they cut nearly 4,000 positions.

Here’s a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:

Industry April March Past 12 months
Construction -6,000 13,000 154,000
Manufacturing 0 2,000 70,000
Retail 29,300 -3,900 248,200
Transportation, warehousing 4,200 -6,700 91,400
Information (Telecom, publishing) -9,000 2,000 12,000
Financial services 9,000 5,000 99,000
Professional services (Accounting, temp work) 73,000 64,000 587,000
Education and health 28,000 46,000 373,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 43,000 38,000 378,000
Government -11,000 -16,000 -89,000
Source: Labor Department
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