U.S. Economy Added Few Jobs In May

The economy added 54,000 jobs in the month of May, and the unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today.

That makes May the second month in a row where the unemployment rate has risen instead of fallen, and the weakest month for job gains since January.

The number of long-term unemployed people—those who had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer—rose to 6.2 million. That’s 45.1 percent of the total jobless.

While the job gains have much slowed since the last few months (which added about 600,000 jobs over three months), it’s still important to look at what categories are showing growth. Those categories this month were healthcare, mining, computer systems design, and accounting. Temporary help services did not change.