WASHINGTON, DC-Job growth continued in its slow, steady pattern in June, according to the latest numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, release Friday morning. Much as in May. June figures reveal a growth of 195,000 nonfarm payroll jobs and no change in the unemployment rate, which seems stuck since February at 7.6%. Nearly 12 million Americans are still out of work.
According to the Labor Bureau statement, “among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women (6.8%) edged up in June, while the rates for adult men (7%), teenagers (24%), whites (6.6%), blacks (13.7%), and Hispanics (9.1%) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 5% (not seasonally adjusted), down from 6.3% a year earlier.
The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or longer) also remained unchanged in June, the Bureau reveals, at 4.3 million.
Also in the Friday-morning numbers:
• “Leisure and hospitality added 75,000 jobs in June. 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. Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to expand, increasing by 52,000 in June. Employment in the amusements, gambling and recreation industry also continued to trend up in June (+19,000).
• “Employment in professional and business services rose by 53,000 in June. Job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+8,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+7,000). Employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+10,000). Over the past year, professional and business services has added 624,000 jobs.
• “Retail trade employment increased by 37,000 in June. Within retail trade, employment increased by 9,000 in building material and garden supply stores and by 8,000 in motor vehicle and parts dealers. Employment in wholesale trade continued to trend up (+11,000).” Finally,
• “Healthcare continued to add jobs in June, with a gain of 20,000. Within the industry, 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”