US job growth in May was fueled by health care, hospitality

AP News
Posted: Jun 05, 2015 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want a job, take note. These sectors are on a hiring roll: Health care, business services and hospitality.

Health care alone accounted for more than 20 percent of U.S. job growth in May, adding to the outsized growth the industry has produced over the past year. The health care category includes hospitals, doctors' offices, dentists, outpatient care centers and home health care companies.

About 14 percent of May's job growth came from administrative and support services. That job category ranges from secretaries and office temp workers to security guards and janitors.

The leisure and hospitality sector has also been stepping up hiring, a sign that operators of restaurants, hotels and recreational facilities are feeling confident about customer traffic.

Overall, U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs in May. The unemployment rate edged up to 5.5 percent, reflecting an influx of people looking for jobs and not all of them finding work. The gains were widespread, with only one sector — information — losing jobs.

Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category:

Industry (change from previous month) May-15 Apr-15 Year to date Past 12 months
Construction 17,000 35,000 112,000 273,000
Manufacturing 7,000 0 34,000 148,000
Retail 31,400 13,300 134,800 314,000
Transportation, warehousing 13,100 10,800 22,100 146,500
Information (Telecom, publishing) -3,000 8,000 16,000 60,000
Financial services 13,000 8,000 62,000 160,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 63,000 66,000 237,000 671,000
Education and health 74,000 64,000 283,000 592,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 57,000 10,000 158,000 439,000
Government 18,000 15,000 39,000 100,000
Source: Labor Department