U.S. payrolls rose 80,000 in June, less than forecast

Factory Payrolls

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.

Temporary Workers

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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