Despite unemployment remaining steady in May, the economy still produced 280,000 new jobs, beating the average monthly gain of 251,000 from the past year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Since March, jobs have increased by an average of 207,000 per month.
Huzzah for you, job seeker. Your chance for a new gig continues to improve.
Of course, you’ll have an even better shot if you concentrate your search in these five fields‑-which accounted for three quarters of the new job growth last month:
1. Professional and business services
Jobs added in May: 63,000
Jobs added past 12 months: 671,000
Particular growth areas: computer systems design and related services, temporary help services, management and technical consulting services and architectural and engineering services
2. Leisure and hospitality
Jobs added in May: 57,000
Jobs added past 12 months: 57,000
Particular growth areas: arts, entertainment and recreation
3. Health care
Jobs added in May: 47,000
Jobs added past 12 months: 408,000
Particular growth areas: Ambulatory care services (which includes home health care services and outpatient care centers) and hospitals.
Jobs added: 31,000
Jobs added past 12 months: 288,000
Particular growth areas: automobile dealers
Jobs added: 17,000
Jobs added past 12 months: 273,000
Particular growth areas: none specified
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