Employers in health care, professional/business services, mining, food/drink services and construction led in hiring for March.
The Labor Department this morning released its monthly report on the employment situation. Although the unemployment rate did not change at 6.7 percent, an estimated 192,000 jobs were added in March. Here’s
who was hiring:
- Health care continued to be a bright spot in hiring with 19,000 people hired. Job growth in health care averaged 17,000 per month over the past year.
- Professional/business services added the most jobs in March with 57,000 new hires. The industry has averaged 56,000 per month over the prior 12 months.
- Construction added 19,000 jobs in March. Over the past year, employment in construction has grown by 151,000 jobs.
- Mining and logging added 7,000 jobs in March. Over the last year, the industry added an average of 3,000 jobs per year.
- Food services and drinking places hired 30,000 people in March.
The report also included data on veterans employment. The jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 9.2 percent in February. Wild fluctuations in the monthly numbers are not unusual due to the small survey sample used to collect the data.
The annual average numbers are a better gauge. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans averaged 9 percent in 2013, compared to 9.9 percent in 2012.
For all veterans, the March unemployment rate was 6 percent. The annual average rate for all veterans in 2013 was 6.6 percent – lower than that of non-veterans.