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U.S. unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2 percent in June

07-06-2012 21:50 BJT

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent in June, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Nonfarm employers added 80,000 jobs last month amid the faltering economic recovery, less than investors' forecasts.

In June, private employers added 84,000 jobs while governments at all levels cut 4,000 jobs, the figures revealed.

The number of unemployed people stayed unchanged at 12.7 million in June, while the number of long-term unemployed, those who have been jobless for at least 27 weeks, stood at 5.4 million.

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in June, with temporary help services accounting for 25,200 of the increase.

The manufacturing sector added 11,000 jobs, while employment in the health care sector rose by 13,000. Retail trade lost 5,400 jobs and the transportation and warehousing industry shed 2,200 jobs.

There were some good signs in the widely scrutinized report. The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours in June, and average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 6 cents to 23.5 U.S. dollars.

The new job creation pace was downwardly revised for April from 77,000 to 68,000, and was upwardly revised for May from 69,000 to 77,000.

In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 226,000 for the first quarter of the year, the department said. Slower job growth in the second quarter occurred in most major industries, fresh evidence of the sluggish economic growth.

The U.S. Commerce Department left U.S. annual economic growth unchanged at 1.9 percent for the first quarter of 2012 in its final estimate released last month, a deceleration from the 3-percent growth in the final quarter of last year.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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