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First Cut: Weather sensitive sectors account for about 1/3 of April payroll increase

The arrival of milder spring weather helped give a boost to overall payroll gains in April after late winter storms in March.

The calculation for weather sensitive sectors — (construction + retail + transportation and warehousing + (administration – temporary help) + social assistance) — reflected the solid gain for construction (up 33,000), fall in retail (down 12,000), modest gain in transportation and warehousing (up 11,000), robust hiring in administration and waste services (up 55,000), increase for temporary help (up 18,000), and uptick in social assistance (up 26,000).

In all, weather sensitive sectors accounted for about 95,000 of the payroll gain of 263,000, about 36% of the total. This is a fairly typical share of the total but comes after only a small positive contribution of about 12% in March, and a negative contribution in February of 41% during the more intense cold and snow conditions then.

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