By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in roughly a year in June.

According to the BLS Employment Situation Summary for June 2010, the unemployment rate edged down to 9.5 percent, the lowest level since last July, while the number of unemployed persons also decreased to 14.6 million.

In addition, private-sector payroll employment edged up by 83,000. However, total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June, reflecting a decrease of 225,000 temporary employees working on the once-in-a-decade Census 2010.

The 83,000 new jobs in private employment is due to modest increases in several industries, and private-sector employment has increased by 593,000 so far this year.

  • Leisure and hospitality employment rose in June by 28,000 job in amusements, gambling, and recreation.
  • Professional and business services employment continued to increase in temporary help services (+21,000 jobs), management and technical consulting (+11,000 jobs) and business support services (+7,000 jobs) in June.
  • Transportation and warehousing added 15,000 jobs in June, and has added 44,000 jobs since a recent low in February.
  • Health care employment edged up in June (+9,000 jobs) and has gained 217,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Mining employment added 6,000 jobs in June and has gained 56,000 jobs since October 2009.
  • Manufacturing employment added 9,000 jobs in June and has added 136,000 jobs since December 2009.

On the negative side, construction employment decreased by 22,000 in June and government employment fell by 208,000 during the same month due to the loss of 225,000 temporary workers hired for Census 2010.

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