BLS Releases June Employment Situation (July 2019)
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 224,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised down from +224,000 to +216,000, and the change for May was revised down from +75,000 to +72,000. With these revisions, employment gains in April and May combined were 11,000 less than previously reported. After revisions, job gains have averaged 171,000 per month over the last 3 months.
In June, Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs. Employment growth in the industry has averaged 35,000 per month in the first half of 2019. Employment in health care increased by 35,000 over the month and by 403,000 over the past 12 months. Transportation and warehousing added 24,000 jobs over the month and 158,000 over the past 12 months. Construction employment continued to trend up in June (+21,000), in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Manufacturing employment edged up in June (+17,000), following 4 months of little change. So far this year, job growth in the industry has averaged 8,000 per month, compared with an average of 22,000 per month in 2018. Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesaletrade, retailtrade, information, financialactivities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.
In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 6 cents to $27.90, following a 9-cent gain in May. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 3.1 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $23.43 in June.
The next employment situation report for July 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 2, 2019.
The BLS release can be viewed in the pdf below.