Hiring was weak, if it occurred at all, in eight of 10 industry categories the government tracks.
Manufacturing, which has been a source of strength, added 16,000 jobs. Education and health services, which tend to be less affected by economic cycles, added 19,000. It was the smallest gain in five months in both areas.
Leisure and hospitality, a bellwether for consumer spending, had its tiniest gain _ 12,000 jobs _ in eight months. That category includes restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and other entertainment companies. Federal, state and local governments cut a combined 15,000 jobs.
There were two bright spots: Retailers added 29,300 jobs after cutting jobs the previous two months. And professional and business services added 62,000.
April 2012 March 2012
Professional services 62,000 37,000
Retail 29,300 -20,900
Education and health 23,000 45,000
Manufacturing 16,000 41,000
Leisure and hospitality 12,000 52,000
Financial activities 1,000 14,000
Information -2,000 -6,000
Construction -2,000 -3,000
Government -15,000 -12,000
Transportation and warehousing -16,600 1,800
Includes engineering, accounting and legal services