April’s jobs report should thrill job seekers in these industries

The labor market rebounded last month, with the creation of 164,000 jobs and a bump in wages. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%. See which industries saw the most job growth in April.

April’s jobs report should thrill job seekers in these industries

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation April 2018

Amusement parks may be opening for the season, but that’s not why we’ve been feeling like we’re on a rollercoaster. If you’ve been paying attention to the nation’s job growth, then you’ll know the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) monthly jobs reports has been experiencing some ups and downs.

After a strong February (revised to 324,000 jobs), followed by a weak March (revised to 135,000 jobs), there was much speculation to see what kind of ride April’s jobs report would take us on, with economist estimates circling around 195,000. So, buckle up, and keep hands and feet inside at all times because…

We’re thrilled to announce that the labor market added 164,000 jobs in April, per the most recent report. While this number does fall a little shy of economists’ estimates, it’s still a solid improvement to the labor market. Over the past three months, job gains have averaged 208,000 jobs each month.


In addition to employment, wages hiked up, too. Average hourly earnings continued to move up, increasing by 4 cents for a total of $26.84.


Ending a six-month period of no change, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1% to 3.9%, in April. CNNreports that the last time the unemployment rate fell below 4% was in 2000.


Gains were made across a number of sectors last month. See which industries experienced the most job growth in April:


Business and professional services

Number of jobs created: 54,000

Companies hiring: Konica MinoltaCorVel CorporationNTT Data Services

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Health care

Number of jobs created: 24,000

Job growth areas: Ambulatory care services (+17,000 jobs) hospitals (+8,000 jobs)

Companies hiring: Kindred at HomeBrookdale Senior LivingKettering Health Network

Find all health care jobs on Monster.


Number of jobs created: 24,000

Job growth areas: Machinery (+8,000 jobs), fabricated metal products (+4,000 jobs)

Companies hiring: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), OldcastleAmetek

Find all manufacturing jobs on Monster.


Number of jobs created: 8,000

Job growth areas: Support activities for mining (+7,000 jobs)

Companies hiring: Corsa Coal Corp.Trinity IndustriesS&L Industries

Find all mining jobs on Monster.

May’s jobs report comes out Friday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. EST. In the meantime, you can find the top companies hiring on Monster right now.

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