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Economic News Release

Commissioner's Statement on the Employment Situation News Release

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                          Statement of
                        Erica L. Groshen
                   Bureau of Labor Statistics
                      Friday, July 5, 2013

     Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June and
the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent. Over the
prior 12 months, job gains averaged 182,000 per month. In June,
employment increased in leisure and hospitality, professional and
business services, retail trade, health care, and financial
     Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 75,000 over
the month. Monthly job growth in this industry has averaged
55,000 thus far in 2013, almost twice the average gain of 30,000
per month in 2012. In June, employment continued to rise in food
services and drinking places (+52,000) and in amusements,
gambling, and recreation (+19,000).
     Professional and business services added 53,000 jobs in
June. Job gains occurred in management and technical consulting
services (+8,000) and in computer systems design (+7,000).
Employment in temporary help services continued to trend up
     In June, retail trade added 37,000 jobs. Within this
industry, employment rose over the month in building material and
garden supply stores (+9,000) and in motor vehicle and parts
dealers (+8,000). Wholesale trade employment continued to trend
up in June (+11,000).
     Health care added 20,000 jobs over the month. Employment
continued to trend up in ambulatory health care services
(+13,000). A gain of 5,000 jobs in hospitals followed a loss of
8,000 jobs in May.
     Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in June.
Over the month, 6,000 jobs were added in both credit
intermediation and related activities and in insurance carriers
and related activities.
     Federal government employment continued to trend down in
June (-5,000) and has declined by 65,000 over the past 12 months.
Employment in other major industries changed little in June.
     Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm
payrolls rose by 10 cents in June. Over the past 12 months,
average hourly earnings have risen by 51 cents, or 2.2 percent.
From May 2012 to May 2013, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 1.4 percent.
     Turning now to our survey of households, the unemployment
rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent in June, and the number of
unemployed persons remained at 11.8 million. Both of these
measures have been relatively flat since February. The labor
force participation rate, at 63.5 percent, and the employment-
population ratio, at 58.7 percent, were little changed in June.
     The portion of the unemployed who had been jobless for 27
weeks or more continued to trend down, reaching 36.7 percent.
Among the employed, those working part time for economic reasons
rose by 322,000 to 8.2 million, nearly the same level as a year
     Among persons who were neither working nor looking for work
in June, 2.6 million were classified as marginally attached to
the labor force, about the same as a year earlier. These
individuals had not looked for work in the 4 weeks prior to the
survey but wanted a job, were available for work, and had looked
for a job within the last 12 months. The number of discouraged
workers, a subset of the marginally attached who believed that no
jobs were available for them, was 1.0 million in June, up from
821,000 a year earlier.
     In summary, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000
in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent.

Last Modified Date: July 05, 2013