Factory payrolls increased by 11,000, more than the survey forecast of a 7,000 increase and following a 9,000 increase in the previous month.
Employment at service-providers added 67,000 workers after 98,000. Construction companies added 2,000 workers and retailers cut 5,400 jobs.
Government payrolls decreased by 4,000.
Average hourly earnings rose to $23.50 from $23.44 in the prior month, today’s report showed.
The average work week for all workers climbed minutes to 34.5 hours, from 34.4 hours the prior month.
The so-called underemployment rate -- which includes part-time workers who’d prefer a full-time position and people who want work but have given up looking -- increased to 14.9 percent from 14.8 percent.
The number of temporary workers increased 25,200 in June after an 18,600 rise.
Dave Marshall of Tampa, Florida, has had difficulty finding full-time employment. The 23-year-old member of the Army Reserve, who works part time for two security firms in the Tampa area, said he has been unable to find a job that utilizes his degree in sociology from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
“I am getting edged out by people with experience,” Marshall said. “There have been some entry-level positions that I have applied for, but the economy is so bad that the people who have been let go are also applying for entry- level positions and a lot of them have two, three years of experience.”
The economic and jobs outlook will play a major role in President Barack Obama’s bid for re-election. Only one president since World War II, Ronald Reagan, has stayed in office with a jobless rate above 6 percent. Reagan won a second term in 1984 with 7.2 percent unemployment in the month of the election; the rate had fallen almost three percentage points in the previous 18 months.
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