WASHINGTON — U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000 jobs in April, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reducing the unemployment rate to 3.9 percent, the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, after several months at 4.1 percent.
The largest jobs increase in April was in professional and business services, 54,000 jobs, followed by manufacturing and health care at 24,000 jobs each, according to the May 4 report.
Mining employment increased by 8,000 jobs during the month, but employment was little changed in construction, retail and wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities and government, the BLS said.
The BLS employment gains were about two-thirds as high as those posted May 2 by payroll services firm ADP Inc.
According to ADP, U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased in April by 241,000 jobs. More than half of that total — 127,000 jobs — was in medium-sized businesses of 50 to 499 workers, the company said.
Large businesses of 500 or more employees gained 67,000 jobs during the month, ADP said, while small businesses of one to 49 employees gained 47,000.
Goods-producing companies grew by 65,000 jobs, including 29,000 in manufacturing, 31,000 in construction and 5,000 in natural resources/mining, according to ADP.
Service-providing companies saw a jobs increase of 176,000 jobs, the company said. The biggest gains were in professional/business services (up 44,000 jobs) and trade/transportation/utilities (up 40,000 jobs), it said.