Employment gains illustrate the need for background screenings
The United States economy gained 138,000 jobs in May, leading to a slight decrease in unemployment that dropped the country's jobless rate to 4.3 percent, its lowest level since May 2001, as reported by an Employment Situation summary released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 2.
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Breaking down the bureau's newest employment report, the uptick in total jobs reduced the number of unemployed Americans to 6.9 million. Professional and business services, healthcare, mining and the food industry were among the areas that experienced employment gains over the month.
The professional and business industry added 38,000 jobs in May, while food services and drinking establishments tallied 30,000 new jobs. Employment increased by 24,000 jobs in healthcare, and mining brought on 7,000 additional jobs in an industry that has added 47,000 jobs since October 2016.
Employment in major industries including construction, manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and finance remained stagnant, but recent times have been kinder to U.S. families in search of work.
In 2016, 6.5 percent of families included an unemployed person, down from 6.9 percent in 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in April. About two-thirds (69 percent) of families with an unemployed member also had at least one family member who was employed in 2016, and 59.7 percent had at least one member who was working full time. Both measures represent gains over the previous year.
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