Posted June 3, 2022

Manufacturing and construction employment grew in May

The month of May produced job gains in manufacturing and construction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in May, adding 18,000 jobs. Job gains occurred in fabricated metal products (+7,000), wood products (+4,000), and electronic instruments (+3,000). Employment in manufacturing overall is slightly below (-17,000 or -0.1 percent) its February 2020 level.

Employment in construction increased by 36,000 in May, following no change in April. In May, job gains occurred in specialty trade contractors (+17,000) and heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000). Construction employment is 40,000 higher than in February 2020.

Mining employment increased by 6,000 in May and is 80,000 higher than a recent low in February 2021.

Total employment rose by 390,000 in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent.

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