2019Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 224,000 jobs in June 2019 while the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for June 2019 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The jobs report for June 2019 showed the number of unemployed persons to be 6.0 million, while job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing food services and drinking places, and construction. Here are the specific job gains during the month.

  • Professional and business services employment gained 51,000 jobs in June 2019 and has averaged 35,000 jobs per month in the first half of 2019.
  • Health care employment rose by 35,000 jobs in June 2019 and has added 403,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Transportation and warehousing employment gained 24,000 jobs over the month and 158,000 over the past 12 months.
  • Construction employment added 21,000 jobs in June 2019 in line with its average monthly gain over the past 12 months.
  • Manufacturing employment grew by 17,000 jobs in June 2019 and has averaged 8,000 jobs per month so far this year.

Employment in other industries including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government showed little change over the month, according to the jobs report for June 2019.

The change in employment for April 2019 was revised from 224,000 jobs added to 216,000 jobs added while May 2019 was revised from 75,000 jobs added to 72,000 jobs added. With these revisions, gains in February 2019 and March 2019 combined were 11,000 less than previously reported.

The jobs report is usually released on the first Friday of every month. The jobs report for July 2019 is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 2, 2019. Until then, the most recent jobs report will be available at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF).

A survey of HR professionals released in May 2019 by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a non-profit trade organization representing the screening industry – and HR.com revealed that 96 percent of employers conduct some type of background check on job applicants.

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