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BGSF Jobs Report: May 2024 Shows Continued Strength in Labor Market

The May 2024 Jobs Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals another month of robust job growth, with nonfarm payroll employment increasing by 272,000. The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.0 percent, highlighting a resilient labor market across several key sectors.

Highlights for Employers:

  • Total Nonfarm Payrolls: Increased by 272,000 jobs

  • Unemployment Rate: Stable at 4.0%

  • Number of Unemployed Persons: 6.6 million

Sector-Specific Insights:


  • Jobs Added: 43,000

  • Government employment continued its upward trend, aligning with the average monthly growth rate observed over the prior 12 months. This indicates consistent public sector hiring to meet community needs.

Professional and Business Services:

  • Jobs Added: 33,000

  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: +32,000

  • Computer Systems and Design: +2,400

  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: +14,000

  • This sector experienced significant growth, particularly in technical consulting and engineering services, reflecting the ongoing demand for specialized expertise in an increasingly complex market.

Finance and Accounting:

  • Jobs Added: 10,000

  • Employment in finance and accounting showed steady growth, underscoring the sector's resilience and the ongoing need for financial management and expertise.

Implications for Job Seekers and Employers:

The steady unemployment rate of 4.0 percent, with 6.6 million people unemployed, indicates a stable job market. This stability, coupled with significant job additions in key sectors, presents numerous opportunities for job seekers and signals a competitive landscape for employers aiming to attract top talent.

"May's job report reflects the underlying strength of the labor market, with significant gains across key industries," commented Eric Peters, President of BGSF Professional Division. "Employers should take note of the ongoing demand in professional services and finance, while job seekers can find numerous opportunities in these expanding fields."

May 2024 continues to showcase positive trends in employment, reinforcing the resilience of the U.S. job market. For employers, this growth highlights the importance of staying competitive in attracting and retaining talent. For job seekers, expanding opportunities across diverse sectors present a promising landscape for career advancement.

BGSF is a leading provider of professional and property management staffing and workforce solutions, with a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we are proud to have a team of experienced and dedicated workforce professionals passionate about helping our clients succeed. If you are looking for a professional or managed services partner that can help you achieve your business goals, contact BGSF today.

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