April 2017 Jobs Report: What You Need to Know

Another jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is out.

Here are some of the key top-level takeaways from the Employment Report for April 2017.

Employment Update

April saw little change in both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons in the United States.

For the year so far, however, the unemployment rate has slowly ticked lower, along with the number of unemployed persons in America.

Though not, however, by much.

Industry Update

There were some job gains that occurred in several industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Financial activities
  • Mining

Some industries also saw little change in the level of employment in April.

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Information
  • Government

Earnings Update

What about average hourly earnings?

According to the most recent jobs report, the average hourly earnings for all employees (nonfarm, private payrolls) went up by several cents. This also reflects an overall rise in the average hourly earnings throughout the year so far.

May 2017 Jobs Report

Look for our quick breakdown of May’s report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics when it’s released to the public in early June.