6/1/2012 11:15:00 AM
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The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 8.2% in May from Aprilâ€™s three-year-low 8.1%, but trucking and transportation employment improved, the Labor Department said Friday.
Trucking added 7,300 jobs, while the transportation sector, of which it is a subset, added 35,600, according to the departmentâ€™s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Aprilâ€™s trucking-jobs gain was revised up to 2,700, from an originally reported 1,800, Labor figures showed.
Overall, U.S. employers added 69,000 jobs â€” the smallest number of workers in a year â€” following a revised 77,000 upturn in April that was smaller than originally reported.
The increase was well below economistsâ€™ median forecast of a 150,000-jobs gain, Bloomberg reported.
Manufacturing added 12,000 jobs, below the 15,000 level forecast, while service-sector employment added 84,000.
Construction companies cut 28,000 jobs, the most in two years, Bloomberg reported.
The payroll and unemployment figures are obtained by separate surveys, with payrolls from a survey of employers and the unemployment rate from a survey of households.
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