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Key Numbers Behind the April Jobs Report

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11. High school graduates, no college
> April unemployment: 4.6%
> March unemployment: 4.9%
> Total unemployed: 1.7 million

The jobless rate for Americans with only a high school diploma declined in April, to 4.6%.

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12. Industry: education and health services
> April unemployment: 2.6%
> March unemployment: 2.8%
> Total unemployed: 612,000

The education and health services sector, which includes several sub-industries such as the health care and social assistance industry, added 41,000 in April.

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13. Industry: retail
> April unemployment: 4.2%
> March unemployment: 4.8%
> Total unemployed: 844,000

The BLS said there was little change in retail jobs, which was reassuring based on the huge number of layoffs the industry has had since the 2016 holiday season, married with large number of store closings.

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14. Industry: construction
> April unemployment: 6.3%
> March unemployment: 8.4%
> Total unemployed: 585,000

As the economy enters the spring home building period, construction jobs were little-changed in April. The housing market has been relatively strong as prices have recovered in many areas to pre-recession levels.

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15. Industry: leisure and hospitality
> April unemployment: 5.9%
> March unemployment: 6.3%
> Total unemployed: 819,000

The leisure and hospitality jobs spiked by 55,000 in April. This was driven by employment in “food services and drinking” which had an increase of 26,000. The food services category has added 260,000 jobs so far this year.

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16. Government sector
> April unemployment: 1.8%
> March unemployment: 1.8%
> Total unemployed: 379,000

This sector includes all state, local, and federal employees. There is some speculation that President Trump cuts in federal jobs will eventually drop the federal component lower.

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