Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390,000 in May as the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6%.
Consensus among economists was a gain of 325,000 jobs.
May’s job growth is the lowest since April 2021.
In May, the unemployed population was essentially unchanged at 5.95 million but there were 11.4 million job openings in April.
Employment in leisure and hospitality added 84,000 jobs, professional and business services rose by 75,000, transportation and warehousing added 47,000 jobs, construction increased by 36,000, and manufacturing increased by 18,000.
In May, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by $0.10 to $31.95.
The average workweek for all private employees was unchanged for the third month in a row at 34.6 hours in May.
The labor force participation rate was little changed at 62.3% in May.