Job Market

June 2024 Job Report: U.S. Economy added 206,000 jobs

The June 2024 Jobs Report shows that the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.1% – the highest level since October 2021, compared to 4.0% in May. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, payroll employment increased by 206,000.

The US labor market added more jobs than analysts expected and was the 42nd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people increased slightly to 6.8 million, higher than a year ago at 6.0 million with the unemployment rate at 3.6%.

The unemployment rate for college-degreed professionals 25 years and older increased to 2.4% compared to 2.1% the prior month. The unemployment rate for job seekers with some college or an associate degree also increased from 3.1% to 3.4%.

The labor force participation rate showed little change at 62.6% in June. The employment-population ratio stayed the same at 60.1%. 

In June, employment trended up in the categories of government, health care, social assistance, and construction.

Jobs added by industry:

  • Government: 70,000 jobs added
  • Health Care: 49,000 jobs added 
  • Social Assistance: 34,000 jobs added 
  • Construction: 27,000 jobs added

Employment showed little change over the month in other major industries, including mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; manufacturing; wholesale trade; transportation and warehousing; information; financial activities; leisure and hospitality; and other services.

Wage Growth Increases by 10 Cents

In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 10 cents to $35.00. Average hourly earnings were up by 0.3% in June and 3.9% over the past 12 months. 

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Sources: BLS, CNBC