For the fourth consecutive month, the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 jobs in May. The Labor Department reported this morning that 217,000 new jobs were added during the month. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.3%.
Analysts were predicting a gain of about 215,000 new jobs. Most sectors showed gain. Government was one of the weakest, adding 1,000 new jobs all at the local level. State and federal government cut jobs.
Temp employment rose a modest 14,300, the smallest gain since January’s weather-depressed increase of 7,600. Since the beginning of the year, temp job growth has averaged 17,100 monthly. In 2013, the average monthly increase was 19,000. Comparing Jan-May, 2013 averaged 17,800.