U.S. adds 213K jobs in June; unemployment up to 4%

Workers walk around a construction site at the Statue of Liberty Monday. Friday, the U.S. Labor Department said more than 213,000 jobs were added in the United States in June.

July 6 (UPI) — Employers added 213,000 jobs to the U.S. workforce in June, the Labor Department said in its jobs report Friday.

The report said most of the job growth occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing and healthcare — while retail trade lost jobs.

Employment in business services increased by 50,000 in June and has risen by 521,000 positions for the year. Construction continued to trend up last month, adding 13,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate ticked up to 4 percent — after a record 3.8 percent rate was shown in May, near a 50-year low.

Friday’s assessment followed statistics from ADP, which said in a report Thursday private sector employment increased by 177,000 jobs from May to June.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said businesses are having a difficult time finding qualified workers. As a result, labor shortages could intensify nationwide.

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2018-07-06T13:38:39+00:00 July 6th, 2018|