The professional and business services sector posted the largest gains last month, adding 74,000 jobs to a total of 372,000 new openings, while the unemployment rate of 3.6% remained the same for the fourth consecutive month. , reported the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday (July 8).

There were 5.9 million unemployed in June, about the same number as the previous month.

In the professional and business services sector, management positions increased by 12,000, computer systems design and related services increased by 10,000, administrative positions added 8,000 jobs, and research and development services scientists increased by 6,000. The sector has 880,000 more jobs than in February 2020.

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Notable gains were also seen in leisure and hospitality, adding 67,000 jobs, with an increase of 41,000 in food services and drinking places. The sector is still down 1.3 million since February 2020.

Employment in the health sector added 57,000 jobs in June, with ambulatory services posting 28,000 new positions, hospitals, 21,000, and nursing and residential care facilities, 8,000. in the health sector have decreased by 176,000 since February 2020.

“There’s still a lot of pent-up demand for workers,” Julian Richers, vice president of global economic research at Morgan Stanley, told The Wall Street Journal. “It makes sense that as the economy slows, employment will also slow, once we resolve the backlog in labor demand.”

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In June, transportation and warehousing added 36,000 jobs, with the sector accounting for 759,000 more jobs than in February 2020. Manufacturing jobs increased by 29,000, bringing the industry back to its February 2020 level.

Information added 25,000, up 105,000 from February 2020. New jobs include 9,000 in all publishing spaces except the Internet.

The average hourly wage rose 10 cents, or 0.3%, to $32.08. Over the past 12 months, the average hourly wage has increased by 5.1%.

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