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Jobs Increase 220,000 in June; Record Employment

The lede yesterday, in CNS News' Susan Jones report, said, "The U.S. economy added 220,000 jobs in June, the best showing since February and well above analysts' expectations of 174,000." She then added, "The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics also said the number of employed Americans -- which set records in February, March and April -- set another record in June, at 153,168,000 employed."

Jones then went on to write:

"And the number of Americans not in the labor force -- after four straight monthly gains – dropped a bit to 94,813,000.

"People age 16 and older who are not institutionalized or in the military are counted as “not in the labor force” if they are neither working nor looking for work. This number includes retirees, students, homemakers, the disabled, and others who have stopped looking for work for whatever reason.

"The labor force participation rate rose a tenth of a point to 62.8 percent in June, which is within two-tenths of a point where it's been since January. As BLS has noted, the participation rate shows no clear trend.

"(The participation rate hit a record high of 67.3 percent in early 2000, plunging to a 38-year low of 62.4 percent in September 2015.)

"The June unemployment rate increased a tenth of a point to 4.4 percent, which is near historic lows.

"Really great numbers on jobs & the economy! Trump tweeted on July 3. "Things are starting to kick in now, and we have just begun! Don't like steel & aluminum dumping!"

"He was talking about a July 3 report showing that U.S. manufacturers grew at their fastest pace in three years. In Friday’s report, BLS said the economy added 1,000 manufacturing jobs last month, for a total of 12,396,000.

"In June, the nation’s civilian noninstitutionalized population, consisting of all people age 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 254,957,000. Of those, 160,145,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.

"The 160,145,000 who participated in the labor force equaled 62.8 percent of the  254,957,000 civilian noninstitutionalized population."

She also reports on revisions and the recent update to the CBO budget and economic outlook report. Here's another link to her entire report.

Separately, Terry Jeffrey noted, "The growth in the number of employees in federal, state and local government jobs beat the growth in the number of employees in manufacturing jobs 35 to 1 in June . . . The seasonally adjusted government employment number grew by 35,000 in the month, while seasonally adjusted manufacturing employment grew by only 1,000."  Also, so far in 2017,  he added, "the United States has created 1,000 more government jobs than manufacturing jobs, according to the BLS data."

You can read the June jobs report -- technically the Employment Situation Summary -- published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics here.

Growls readers are encouraged to take a few minutes to write or call their Congressional representatives to learn what they have done to improve the employment situation for America's workers. Contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Congress.gov. Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

And ask for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you.

To learn more about CNS News, click here.

UPDATE (7/9/17). At Washington Free Beacon on Friday, Ali Meyer reported on the June jobs report.

UPDATE (7/9/17) In a Daily Signal commentary, posted on Saturday, Tim Doescher provides the following observation:

"While on the face, these numbers are decent, the White House celebration should be short-lived, and more attention must be placed on passing meaningful reforms through Congress. Growth cannot be sustained if we continue down the same path we are on."

(UPDATE (7/10/17) Jeff Cox of CNBC reported on the June jobs report on Friday, and included the following:

"The U.S. job market roared back to life in June, with a better-than-expected 222,000 new positions created in June while the unemployment rate held at 4.4 percent, according to a government report Friday.

"Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting nonfarm payrolls growth of 179,000 and the unemployment rate to be 4.3 percent.

"Wage growth, however, remained muted, with average hourly earnings rising 2.5 percent on an annualized basis, essentially unchanged from the previous month. On a monthly basis, the rise was 0.2 percent, which actually was a shade below the 0.2 percent expectation. The average work week edged higher, rising 0.1 hours to 34.5.

"The report "is another illustration that the real economy is in good health," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. 'The only disappointment is that wage growth still shows few signs of accelerating.'"

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