Trucking accounted for 1,500 of the 217,000 jobs added in May, and the U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3%, the Labor Department reported June 6.
The job increase was above economists’ forecasts of 215,000, Bloomberg News reported.
The transportation and warehousing sector, which includes trucking, added 16,400 positions in May. The 217,000 rise followed a 282,000 gain in April.
“It’s in line with where we ultimately think the pace of job growth will be this year,” said Michelle Girard, chief U.S. economist at RBS Securities. The figure is “consistent with an economy that is growing between 2% and 2.5%.”
Manufacturing added 10,000 jobs, following an increase of 4,000 in March. Construction companies added 6,000 workers, after a 34,000 rise in March.