BLS: Employment Rises at 'Drinking Places'

By Susan Jones | June 6, 2014 | 8:45 AM EDT

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( - The nation's nonfarm payroll increased by 217,000 in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday, with jobs added in "drinking places" and in "social assistance," among other sectors.

The unemployment remained unchanged at 6.3 percent.

According to the BLS news release, "Employment increased in professional and business services, health care and social assistance, food services and drinking places, and transportation and warehousing."

Breaking it down further:

Professional and business services added 55,000 jobs in May, in line with the prior 12 months. In May, the industry added 7,000 jobs each in computer systems design and related services and in management and technical consulting. Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up, with 14,000 jobs added, and has grown by 224,000 over the past year.

In May, health care and social assistance added 55,000 jobs. The health care industry added 34,000 jobs over the month, twice its average monthly gain for the prior 12 months. Employment rose by 21,000 in social assistance, compared with an average gain of 7,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to grow, increasing by 32,000 in May and by 311,000 over the past year.

Transportation and warehousing employment rose by 16,000 in May, above the average monthly 9,000 jobs in the previous 12 months.

Employment in the important manufacturing sector changed little over the month; and neither did employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, and government.

Other findings:

-- The number of unemployed persons was unchanged in May at 9.8 million.

-- Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (5.9 percent), adult women (5.7 percent), teenagers (19.2 percent), whites (5.4 percent), blacks (11.5 percent), and Hispanics (7.7 percent) showed little or no change in May.

-- The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was "essentially unchanged" at 3.4 million in May. These individuals accounted for 34.6 percent of the unemployed.

-- The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers), at 7.3 million, changed little in May. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.