Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June, and the unemployment rate edged down to 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The decline in payroll employment reflected a decrease (-225,000) in the number of temporary employees working on Census 2010. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 83,000. I will be amazed if the unemployment rate is not higher 3 months from now. And I will be surprised if we don’t add over 400,000 jobs in the next 3 months.
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 14.6 million, and the unemployment rate, at 9.5 percent, edged down in June. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women (7.8%) declined, while the rates for adult men (9.9%) and teenagers (25.7%) showed little or no change.
In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made up 45% of unemployed persons. The civilian labor force participation rate fell by 0.3 percentage point in June to 64.7%. The employment-population ratio, at 58.5%, edged down over the month.
There were 1.2 million discouraged workers in June, up by 414,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.
Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 125,000 in June, reflecting the departure of 225,000 temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government payrolls. Total private employment edged up over the month (+83,000). So far this year, private-sector employment has increased by 593,000 but in June was 7.9 million below its December 2007 level.
Health care employment edged up in June (+9,000). Over the past 12 months, the industry has gained 217,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment continued to trend up over the month (+9,000). The industry has added 136,000 jobs since December 2009. Construction employment decreased by 22,000 in June, with the largest decline in nonresidential specialty trade contracting. On net, construction employment has shown little change over the last 4 months.
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Government employment fell by 208,000 in June, driven by the loss of 225,000 temporary workers hired for Census 2010. Employment in both state and local governments was little changed over the month.
In June, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm pay- rolls decreased by 0.1 hour to 34.1 hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees decreased by 0.5 hour to 40.0 hours; this followed an increase of 0.4 hour in May. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.4 hours in June.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised from +290,000 to +313,000, and the change for May was revised from +431,000 to +433,000.
Basically, if you have a job you should probably be happy. The continued very slow growth in the underlying job trend is not good news. Now is probably not a great time to quit and start looking for another job (on average, but individual situations are not the save as an average).