Friday, May 03, 2013

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION —APRIL 2013


Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 165,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Employment increased in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.


Household Survey Data 

The unemployment rate, at 7.5 percent, changed little in April but has declined by 0.4 percentage point since January.

The number of unemployed persons, at 11.7 million, was also little changed over the
month; however, unemployment has decreased by 673,000 since January. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women (6.7 percent) declined in
April, while the rates for adult men (7.1 percent), teenagers (24.1 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks
(13.2 percent), and Hispanics (9.0 percent) showed little or no change.

The jobless rate for Asians was
5.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

In April, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by
258,000 to 4.4 million; their share of the unemployed declined by 2.2 percentage points to 37.4 percent.

Read the detailed Employment Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics