Economy Gains 206,000 Jobs in June, Unemployment Up Slightly to 4.1%

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. economy gained 206,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate was up slightly to 4.1%, according to figures released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

June's biggest job gains were in government (+70,000), health care (+49,000), social assistance (+34,000) and construction (+27,000). Employment declined in professional and business services (-17,000) and retail trade (-9,000). Employment showed little change over the month in other major industries, including mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; manufacturing; wholesale trade; transportation and warehousing; information; financial activities; leisure and hospitality; and other services.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for Asian Americans (4.1%) and adult women (3.7%) increased in June. The jobless rates for teenagers (12.1%), Black Americans (6.3%), Hispanics (4.9%), adult men (3.8%), and White Americans (3.5%) showed little or no change over the month.

The number of long-term unemployed workers (those jobless for 27 weeks or longer) rose in June and accounted for 22.2% of the total number of people unemployed.