U.S. jobless rate remains at 8.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Approximately 80,000 jobs were created nationally in June, but the unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this morning.

Still, some 12.7 million residents remain out of work. And while there was job creation, it was sluggish compared to the pace that existed in the first quarter, the bureau reported. 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 groups that are particularly struggling are teens (23.7 percent unemployment rate), blacks (14.4 percent), and Hispanics (11 percent).

In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.4 million. These individuals accounted for 41.9 percent of the unemployed.

There are about 8.2 million people who are employed part time for economic reasons, a group also known as involuntary part-time workers. According to BLS, these individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

There were 821,000 discouraged workers in June, a decline of 161,000 from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.

Of those 80,000 jobs created last month, professional and business services added 47,000 jobs, with temporary help services accounting for 25,000 of the increase. Employment also rose in management and technical consulting services (+9,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+7,000).

In other industries, employment in manufacturing rose by 11,000 positions. Employment also increased in motor vehicles and parts (+7,000) and in fabricated metal products (+5,000), health care (+13,000) and wholesale trade (+9,000).

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little or no change.

U.S. jobless rate remains at 8.2%