Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Manufacturers Created 36K New Jobs in June, According to US Labor Dept.

Russell Knight | 08 July, 2018, 07:42

The labor force participation has increased, which brought the unemployment rate up slightly from 3.8 percent to 4 percent. "At first glance, the bump in the unemployment rate ... gives the headline numbers a mixed hue, but the reality is that it is good to see more people both working and looking for work", he said. And that, in turn, means that more people are optimistic about finding work.

The percentage of unemployment attributable to voluntary quits fell to 12.4 percent, more than reversing a big jump reported in May.

Full-time employment was up by 9,100 By sector, employment in goods producing industries was up by 46,600, the highest since April 2012, led by construction and manufacturing Service producing industries lost 14,700 jobs during the month Self-employment was up by 22,000, with employment in the public sector rising by 11,800.

Of those, 499,000 couldn't find work, but they did show up in the government's survey as searching for a job.

The US economy keeps adding jobs at a blistering pace.

The jobs report Friday showed that, compared with a year earlier, overall employment was up 1.2 per cent last month following the creation of 214,900 jobs. Professional and technical services added 25,100 jobs in June, more than its average of 18,900 over the previous year.

"I'm really excited to see that the labor force is growing", said Catherine Barrera, chief economist of the online job site ZipRecruiter.

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It's too soon to tell what impact they'll have - hiring in manufacturing continues to be strong, with 36,000 jobs added in June - but what we do know is that they are creating uncertainty, Hamrick said.

Trump has also spoken about slapping tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, which General Motors has warned could hurt the US auto industry and drive up vehicle prices. The U.S. and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of the other's imports on Friday.

The Trump administration has also applied tariffs on steel and aluminum from allies like Canada and Mexico and has threatened to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement with those two countries.

The broader USA economy appears sturdy.

In the face of generally positive numbers, the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percent from May - when it reached an 18-year low of 3.8 percent - to the current 4.0 percent. But retailers cut 21,600 jobs last month, after boosting payrolls by 25,100 in May.

This includes over 5,000 new positions in computer and electronic products, 7,000 jobs in fabricated metals, and over 12,000 jobs in motor vehicles and parts.

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