Job growth rebounds to 222,000 in June; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.4% - LA Times


U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses are confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.

The Labor Department said Friday athat the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4%, from 4.3% in May, which was a 16-year low. The rate rose because more Americans began looking for work, but not all found jobs.

Job gains for April and May were revised higher by 47,000.

In the first six months of this year, hiring has averaged nearly 180,000 jobs a month. That's only slightly below last year's pace.Yet even with the robust hiring, average hourly pay rose by just 2.5% from a year earlier. That's below the 3.5% pace typical of a healthy economy.

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