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June reports 6.1 percent of eligible workers remain unemployed

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Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains were widespread, led by employment growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and health care.

Employment by sector shows increased employment in every sector, but one, “other services,” since 2010. This would indicate that most jobs lost in the great recession have now been replaced in the economy and that employment continues to grow.

In June, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 6.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 325,000 to 9.5 million. The unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.4 percentage points and 2.3 million, respectively since last year.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June. Over the past 3 months,job growth has averaged 272,000 per month. In June, employment growth was widespread,led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and health care.

Since 2010, federal employment has not grown although there has been significant growth in state and local governmental unit payrolls.

In June, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 34.5 hours for the fourth straight month. Both the manufacturing workweek, at 41.1 hours, and factory overtime, at 3.5 hours, were unchanged in June. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 33.7 hours for the fourth consecutive month.

In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 6 cents to $24.45, following a 6-cent increase in May. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.0 percent. In June, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $20.58.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised from +282,000 to +304,000, and the change for May was revised upward for April and May by 29,000 higher than previously reported.

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