Posted May 4, 2018

Manufacturing employment increased in April

Employment in manufacturing increased by 24,000 in April according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Most of the gain was in the durable goods component, with machinery adding 8,000 jobs and employment in fabricated metal products continuing to trend up (+4,000). Manufacturing employment has risen by 245,000 over the year, with about threefourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

In April, employment in mining increased by 8,000, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000). Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has risen by 86,000.

Construction added 17,000 jobs during April, reversing the 15,000 jobs lost during March.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edgeddown to 3.9 percent.