Jobs rebound nationally in June

Worthington Industries, a global diversified metals manufacturing company, is looking to hire new employees for its its 480,000 square foot facility in Monroe, which employs 178 people. CONTRIBUTED

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Worthington Industries, a global diversified metals manufacturing company, is looking to hire new employees for its its 480,000 square foot facility in Monroe, which employs 178 people. CONTRIBUTED

Hiring enjoyed a national rebound in June, easing fears of an approaching slowdown, at least for the moment.

Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 224,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday morning.

Most job gains happened in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing and logistics, the government said.

Both the unemployment rate, at 3.7 percent, and the number of unemployed, at 6 million, moved very little in June. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was also little changed at 1.4 million in June and made up 23.7 percent of the unemployed, according to the bureau.

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Key to the Dayton area, jobs in the manufacturing and logistics sectors were both up in June, 17,000 and 24,000 jobs respectively.

Employment in health care increased by 35,000 over the month and has risen by 403,000 over the past year.

The June numbers represent  5.6 million jobs created since January 2017.

And wages continue a slow rise, with average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rising by 6 cents to $27.90 in June, following a 9-cent gain in May.

Over the past year, average hourly earnings have increased by 3.1 percent, the government said.

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