53,000 was the largest year over year gain since January 2012 when more than 60,000 new jobs were added compared to the same month of the previous year.
The first graph shows year-over-year comparisons in total employment:
However, during the same period, new workers entered the labor force at an accelerating rate. New workers entering the workforce hit a ten-month high in May, with 23,000 new workers (a 3-month rollings average). This was the largest number of new workers joining the workforce since August of last year when 25,000 new workers joined the workforce.
The second graph shows year-over-year gains in workforce size: