May 2019 Job Numbers

Unemployment rate: 3.6%

 

October 2018 job numbers show continued economic growth

Job creation slowed significantly in May. The economy only added 75,000 jobs last month, compared to 263,000 jobs the previous month.

Analysts had expected the economy to add 180,000 jobs in May.

“We had expected a slowdown after several years of job gains holding around 200,000, but not this much of a slowdown,” said Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist for S&P Global Ratings.

 

U.S. Unemployment Rates

2019 2018 2017
January 4.0% 4.1% 4.8%
February 3.8% 4.1% 4.7%
March 3.8% 4.1% 4.5%
April 3.6% 3.9% 4.4%
May 3.6% 3.8% 4.3%
June 4.0% 4.4%
July 3.9% 4.3%
August 3.9% 4.4%
September 3.7% 3.7%
October 3.7% 4.1%
November 3.7% 4.1%
December 3.9% 4.1%

 

 

Jobs Added,  by Industry

 

April 2019 Jobs Added March 2019 Jobs added
Transportation & Warehousing  -200 +11,100
Construction +4,000 +33,000
Manufacturing +3,000 +4,000
Retail Trade -7,600 -12,700

 

 


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