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August 04, 2006
Payroll Employment Increases, But Jobless Rate Rises

Payroll employment increased by 113,000 in July, but the unemployment rate rose from 4.6 percentto 4.8 percent as more jobless workers reentered the workforce to find jobs but were unsuccessful, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

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Employment in professional and business services grew by 43,000 in July. Healthcare employment rose by 23,000 in the month. In leisure and hospitality, food services and drinking places employment grew by 29,000 in July. Over the year, food services has added 229,000 jobs.

The average workweek for production or nonsupervisory workers on private payrolls remained unchanged at 33.9 hours in July, seasonally adjusted. The manufacturing workweek rose by 0.2 hour to 41.5 hours, while factory overtime was down by 0.1 hour to 4.5 hours.

Average hourly earnings of production or nonsupervisory workers on private payrolls rose by 7 cents, or 0.4 percent, in July to $16.76, seasonally adjusted. Average weekly earnings also increased by 0.4 percent in July to $568.16. Over the year, average hourly earnings increased by 3.8 percent, and average weekly earnings increased by 4.1 percent.

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