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The Economy Adds 222,000 Jobs in June, and Unemployment Little Changed at 4.4%

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The U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs in June, and unemployment was little changed at 4.4%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the recovery of the labor market at a tempered rate, which means the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee should continue to let the economy grow and not raise interest rates.

In response to the June jobs numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs tweeted:

Last month’s biggest job gains were in health care (37,000), professional and business services (35,000), food services and drinking places (29,000), social assistance (23,000), financial activities (17,000), and mining (8,000). Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (13.3%), blacks (7.1%), Hispanics (4.8%), adult men (4.0%), adult women (4.0%), whites (3.8%) and Asians (3.6%) showed little or no change in June.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed in June and accounted for 24.3% of the unemployed.