213,000 Jobs Added in June, Unemployment Rate at 4.0%

Total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 213,000 in June, an increase from last month’s upwardly revised reading of 244,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national unemployment rate rose to 4.0%, as more individuals entered the labor force in search of work.

Private service-providing industries gained 149,000 jobs, led by education and health services and professional and business services, adding 54,000 and 50,000, respectively.

Goods-producing employment rose by 53,000 jobs during the month, as gains in manufacturing led by adding 36,000. Construction employment posted its third consecutive increase, gaining 13,000 in June.

The civilian labor force participation rate rose 0.2 percentage point to 62.9 percent. Workers unemployed for less than 14 weeks increased by 130,000, while the number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for 27 weeks or more, rose by 289,000 and accounted for 23 percent of the unemployed. The number of discouraged workers was 359,000, a decrease of 155,000 from a year earlier.

Average hourly earnings rose by 5 cents, settling at $26.98. Over the past year, average hourly earnings have risen by 72 cents, or 2.7%.

Read the BLS release.

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