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Footnote: Weather sensitive sectors were a large contributor to the May payroll increase

As a footnote to the May Employment Situation, the month is when increases in weather sensitive sectors is normally to be expected as outdoor activity resumes in earnest after the school year and when consumers go on vacations. Seasonal adjustment factors usually account for this reasonably well, but this year the unusual April declines across weather sensitive sectors and subsequent rebound meant that these accounted for about 38% of the overall 2.509 million rise in nonfarm payrolls.

The composition of weather sensitive sectors is calculated (construction plus retail plus transportation and warehousing plus (administration and waste less temporary help) plus social assistance.

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