Well-educated and skilled US job seekers benefited in April

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Posted: May 06, 2016 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — For higher educated and skilled workers, April offered plenty of jobs. The landscape was tougher for blue-collar and lower paying positions.

The professional and business services industry group led the way with 65,000 added jobs. That category includes management consultants, computer engineers, designers, accountants and temporary workers.

Health care produced another stellar month, adding 44,000 jobs thanks to hiring by hospitals and clinics. The sector has added over a half-million jobs in the past year.

The retail industry, though, endured a sharp reversal of fortune in April. After adding 39,000 jobs in March, the sector lost 3,100 last month. Stores selling furniture, clothes, sporting goods and building materials all shed workers.

Construction also lost momentum, added a meager 1,000 jobs after a gain of 41,000 in March.

Overall, U.S. employers added 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.

Industry (change from previous month) April 2016 March 2016 Past 12 months
Construction 1,000 41,000 261,000
Manufacturing 4,000 -29,000 -19,000
Retail -3,100 39,000 337,400
Transportation, warehousing 8,600 4,900 61,900
Information (Telecom, publishing) 0 6,000 35,000
Financial services 20,000 14,000 160,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work) 65,000 37,000 611,000
Education and health 54,000 43,000 673,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment 22,000 24,000 449,000
Government -11,000 24,000 106,000
Source: Labor Department