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US gains 224,000 jobs in June

July 08, 2019 / Valerie Bolden-Barrett

The U.S. gained an estimated 224,000 nonfarm jobs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics' (BLS) monthly jobs report. June’s jobs gain far exceeded May’s 72,000 total and surpassed April’s 216,000 (both revised down from initial reports). June’s unemployment rate was 3.7%, a slight uptick of 0.1% since May. Industry-based job growth was notable in professional and business services (+51,000), healthcare (+35,000) and transportation and warehousing (+24,000). Gains also occurred in construction (+21,000) and manufacturing (+17,000). The number of unemployed people in June was 6 million, according to BLS, up slightly from 5.9 million in May. Unemployment rates were relatively unchanged across all worker demographics.