Payroll employment increased by 146,000 in June, and the unemployment rate
continued to trend down, reaching 5.0 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
The employment gain in June followed gains of 292,000 in April and 104,000
in May, according to the bureau's revised report.
Over the month of June, payroll employment continued to grow in several industries,
notably professional and business services and health care.
The jobless rate in June was 5.0 percent, seasonally adjusted. It has trended
downward since February 2005 and is now 1.3 percentage points lower than its
most recent high in June 2003.
The number of long-term unemployed persons--those unemployed 27 weeks or longer--fell
to 1.3 million in June. This group accounted for 17.8 percent of total unemployment,
down from 20.1 percent in May.
In June, 1.6 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, compared
with 1.5 million a year earlier. These individuals wanted and were available
to work and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were
not counted as unemployed, however, because they did not actively search for
work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.
Professional and business services employment grew by 56,000 in June, following
little change in May. This industry has gained nearly a half million jobs over
In June, healthcare employment continued to grow, rising by 25,000. Over the
year, the healthcare industry has added 249,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, the average workweek for production or nonsupervisory workers on
payrolls was unchanged at 33.7 hours in June, seasonally adjusted. The manufacturing
workweek, at 40.4 hours, and manufacturing overtime, at 4.4 hours, also were
Average hourly earnings of production or nonsupervisory workers on payrolls
rose by 3 cents in June to $16.06, seasonally adjusted. Average weekly earnings
increased by 0.2 percent over the month to $541.22. Over the year, average hourly
and weekly earnings grew by 2.7
and 3.0 percent, respectively.