WASHINGTON - Manufacturing employment in May registered a decline of 19,000 jobs, continuing its downward spiral, according to statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About half of the decline can be attributed to motor vehicles and parts manufacturing, which lost 10,000 jobs in May. Over the year, factory employment fell by 164,000, with motor vehicles and parts responsible for almost half of the job losses.
Employment in construction was unchanged in May, with no significant movements among the component industries. Since its recent peak in September, construction employment has decreased by 54,000.
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 in May, and the unemployment rate remain unchanged at 4.5 percent.
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