The diffusion index, a measure of the breadth of job gains across industries, jumped for the second month in a row.
More sectors of the economy gained jobs than lost jobs in May, Labor Department data shows.
Another 2.2 million sought aid under a new program for self-employed, contractor and gig workers.
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
The U.S.-China trade war has slowed hiring, and average hourly wages have slipped.
Analysts say that under the new acting secretary, Patrick Pizella, deregulation is likely to quicken.
The big question: Is the trade war affecting hiring?
But it's too soon to say the 10-year economic expansion has run its course.
Two numbers in the Labor Department’s jobs report Friday seem to indicate the job market might be slowing down a bit, or at least hitting the pause button. First, what it calls the U-6 unemployment rate: It measures total unemployment, including…