WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 263,000 jobs in April 2019, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The unemployment rate for April fell to 3.6 percent, the lowest rate since December 1969, according to the BLS report issued May 3.
However, manufacturing jobs increased by only 4,000 during the month, and jobs in retail trade declined by 12,000, the agency said. Employment in other areas relevant to tires and rubber goods, including wholesale trade, mining, and transportation and warehousing, also were little changed in April, it said.
The biggest job gains in April were in professional and business services. These jobs increased by 77,000, with the most massive progress — 53,000 — in administrative and support services, the BLS said.
Construction employment rose by 33,000 in April, including 22,000 new jobs in non-residential specialty trade contractors and 10,000 in heavy and civil engineering construction, according to the report.
Employment also increased in health care (up 27,000 jobs) and social assistance (up 26,000 jobs), the BLS said.
On May 1, payroll services firm ADP Inc. released its own employment report, saying that private sector employment increased by 275,000 jobs in April.
Mid-sized businesses (50 to 499 employees) had the largest employment gains during the month, with 145,000 new jobs, according to ADP. Small businesses (one to 49 employees) gained 77,000 jobs, and large employers (500 employees or more) 53,000 jobs, the company said.
The goods-producing sector increased employment by 54,000 jobs, ADP said. Nearly all the gains in that sector were in construction, which was up by 49,000 jobs, it said.
Manufacturing gained only 5,000 jobs, while natural resources/mining lost 2,000, according to ADP.
Franchise employment grew by 9,500 jobs, but auto parts and dealers lost 2,900, the report said.