The United States job market continued to excel in April, adding 263,000 new hires. On top of the huge increase in jobs, the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since 1969. It is now sitting at just 3.6 percent. That is the lowest level of unemployment the U.S. has seen in a generation.
The Unemployment Rate Has Plummeted Under Trump
Average earnings growth has held pretty steady over the past year, however, at 3.2 percent. The average salary in America sits at $27.77 and the average workweek hovers around 34.4 hours.
While the total unemployment rate is down, a broader gauge of the unemployed (including underemployed and people who have quit looking for work) still sits at 7.3%. That hasn’t changed since February, but it doesn’t have economists worried.
“Leaving aside month-to-month fluctuations, the labor market is still very strong, adding almost double the number of workers needed to keep pace with new entrants to the labor force in any given month,” said Eric Winograd, AllianceBernstein’s senior economist. “Wages may have been slightly tepid this month relative to expectations but are still growing at just about the highest rate this cycle, and the unemployment rate is at multi-generational lows.”
Where Are The Jobs?
Business and professional services saw an increase of 76,000 jobs in April, leading job growth during the month. Construction added another 33,000 jobs during the month (256,000 throughout the past year). As always, the health care field is booming. It added 27,000 jobs in April (404,000 in the past year).
Jobs pertaining to finance rose by 12,000 (mostly real estate, rentals, and leasing). Both manufacturing and social assistance saw increases of 4,000 and 26,000, respectively.
Unsurprisingly, the retail job market saw a loss of 12,000 jobs in April, as many retailers are struggling to keep up with Amazon.
All in all, job growth has been consistent under President Trump. Month-to-month gains have averaged at 205,000 jobs per month.