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June job growth was a healthy 222000 . . . but we can do better

June job growth was a healthy 222000 . . . but we can do better

According to a Reuters survey of economists, the Labor Department's closely watched employment report on Friday will probably show that nonfarm payrolls increased by 179,000 jobs last month after gaining 138,000 in May.

The US economy added 222,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Even with 2,000 jobs added this past month, the legal industry has seen a lot of cuts to jobs over the past several months. "That means many people were helping individuals and families with service needs". In June, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.03. That might sound positive, but Feldman says economists believe wages will have to increase by a greater margin to truly grow the economy.

The overall US economy added 220,000 jobs in June according to initial BLS data.

"Between the competition with online options for consumers and for new technologies that are replacing workers in stores - self checkout is one example of that - I don't think those jobs are going to be there in the long run", she said. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5 percent, the same growth as in May.

Average hourly earnings rose four cents for the month to US$26.25 (S$36.28), up 0.2 per cent over May and 2.5 per cent higher than June of past year. Social assistance employment rose 23,000, while payrolls increased 17,000 in financial activities and 8,000 in mining.

Health care employment is also in a growth mode, though not quite as vigorously as past year.

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The employment-population ratio for prime age adults hasn't regained what it lost since the last recession, but it has at least made up most of the difference.

Economists assume that an increased demand for labor should drive up wages, but that supposedly ironclad link is turning out to be much more elastic.

With these revisions, employment gains in April and May combined were 47,000 more than previously reported. This key employment indicator rose by 0.1 percent to 62.8 percent as the number of working age Americans now in the labor force expanded from 152.9 million to 153.1 million. But most economists have forecast that growth rebounded in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2.5 percent or higher.

While unemployment bumped up to 4.4% from 4.3% from May that was due to more people looking to work which is a sign of labor market confidence.

The unemployment rate edged up to 4.4% in June from 4.3% in May. At the current rate of growth, it is clear that employers need to do little to attract and retain the workers they want and any significant signs of labor shortages are simply not showing up in the data. As more workers begin looking for jobs, that can push the unemployment rate higher.

Finding qualified workers remains a critical problem for small businesses, the NFIB said.

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