Private employers added only 83,000 new jobs in May, the fewest in nearly a year. This followed a three-month stretch in which companies created a seasonally adjusted average of 244,000 jobs per month.

Here are the total number of private-sector jobs created for each month over the past year, and a look at the job changes in each industry last month:

Private-sector jobs added per month
(number of jobs, seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 83,000
April 2011 251,000
March 2011 219,000
February 2011 261,000
January 2011 94,000
December 2010 167,000
November 2010 128,000
October 2010 143,000
September 2010 109,000
August 2010 110,000
July 2010 93,000
June 2010 65,000
May 2010 48,000
Job changes by industry in May
(number of jobs, seasonally adjusted)
May 2011
Private employers 83,000
Professional and business services 44,000
Education and health care 34,000
Transportation and warehousing 8,000
Mining, logging and oil 6,000
Financial services 3,000
Construction 2,000
Temporary help -1,200
Manufacturing -5,000
Recreation, restaurants and hotels -6,000
Retail -8,500
Food, textiles, apparel and printing -13,000