June’s job report saw an increase of 222,000 nonfarm jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report. Job gains occurred in health care, social assistance, financial activities and mining.
Over the past three months, job gains have averaged 194,000 per month.
June’s unemployment rate increased marginally to 4.4%, up from 4.3% in May. The civilian labor force participation increased slightly by .1 to 62.8%
The report found that in June, average hourly earnings for employees on private, nonfarm payrolls increased by 4 cents to $26.25. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5%.