The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that U.S. employers expanded payrolls by 209,000 jobs last month. That figure is below many economists’ projections of between 225,000 and 240,000 jobs. The June jobs report also notes that employers in the U.S. added 110,000 fewer jobs than previously reported for April and May combined.
The private education and health services industry led job creation in June with employers adding 73,000 jobs. Government employers also expanded payrolls last month, adding 60,000 positions. These industries also reported notable job gains in June: Leisure and hospitality: 21,000 jobs added Professional and business services: 21,000 jobs added Financial activities: 10,000 jobs added Manufacturing: 7,000 jobs added
The BLS reports that the national unemployment rate was 3.6% in June, down from 3.7% in May. The unemployment rate for college-degreed workers who are 25 or older — the professionals most highly sought-after by many employers — also decreased last month to 2.0%. In May, the rate was 2.1%.
According to separate data from the BLS, 9.8 million jobs in the U.S. were waiting to be staffed at the end of May. That figure was 10.3 million in April. Meanwhile, quits increased to 4 million in May, up from 3.8 million in April. This suggests that many professionals remain optimistic about their job prospects. However, while the job market is still favorable for those with in-demand skills, it may take time for candidates to secure a new role. Robert Half’s research shows employers are taking longer to staff positions. It can now take 11 weeks to hire, up 57% from 2021. A word of caution for employers, though: Robert Half’s research also indicates that lengthy hiring processes are a major factor in losing top candidates. Nearly a third (29%) of hiring managers who said they’d missed out on a good hire in the past year attributed their lack of success to taking too long to make an offer.
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