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BLS Jobs Report Rundown – June 2024

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its detailed report on Friday, July 5th, providing an in-depth analysis of June’s United States job market. Here’s a summary of the key findings and their implications:

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Chart Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 206,000 in June, closely aligning with the average monthly gain of 220,000 over the previous year. This increase surpassed the Dow Jones forecast of 200,000 but was slightly lower than the revised gain of 218,000 in May.

Significant Job Gains: In June, notable job gains were observed in government, health care, social assistance, and construction sectors.

Sector-Specific Highlights:

  • Health Care: The sector added 49,000 jobs, with an average monthly increase of 64,000 over the past year, indicating ongoing demand for health services.
  • Government: Employment increased by 70,000 jobs, exceeding its average monthly gain of 49,000, reflecting expansion in public sector employment.
  • Construction: Added 27,000 jobs, surpassing its average monthly gain of 20,000, demonstrating strong performance in the construction industry.
  • Social Assistance: Employment rose by 34,000 jobs, with an average monthly gain of 22,000, highlighting continuous support for community services.


Chart of Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate edged up by 0.1 percentage points to 4.1%, marking the first time since November 2021 that the rate exceeded 4%. This is an increase compared to a year ago when the unemployment rate was 3.6%, with 6.0 million unemployed individuals. The rate, now at 4.1%, is tied for the highest level since October 2021.

Average Hourly Earnings

In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 10 cents, or 0.3%, to $35.00. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have grown by 3.9%.

Overall Takeaway

June’s job report indicates steady employment growth with substantial gains in key sectors such as health care, government, construction, and social assistance. Despite a slight rise in the unemployment rate to 4.1%, the labor market continues to show resilience. The continuous wage growth, as evidenced by the increase in average hourly earnings, suggests sustained economic health.

The growth in employment, particularly in sectors like health care and government, underscores the expanding opportunities within these areas. The increase in construction jobs points to ongoing investments and developments in infrastructure and housing. Social assistance job gains highlight the essential support being provided to communities.

However, the uptick in the unemployment rate calls for careful observation in the coming months to determine if this is a temporary fluctuation or the beginning of a trend. Overall, while there are positive signs of wage growth and job additions, the labor market will need to be closely monitored to ensure it continues to provide ample opportunities and stability for workers across various sectors.


The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised down by 57,000, from +165,000 to +108,000, and the change for May was revised down by 54,000, from +272,000 to +218,000. With these revisions, employment in April and May combined is 111,000 lower than previously reported.

Data as of July 5th, 2024 | Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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