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U.S. Job Growth Dismal, Despite June Healthcare Gains

BLS data from May and June are preliminary and may be considerably revised in the coming months.

The healthcare sector employed slightly more than 14 million people in June, with more than 4.7 million jobs at hospitals, more than 6.1 million jobs in ambulatory services, and more than 2.3 million in physicians' offices, BLS preliminary data show.

The healthcare sector continues to be one of the few areas of job growth in the economy. Nonfarm job growth in the larger U.S. economy slowed considerably in June, with 18,000 payroll additions reported. The nation's unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.2%, with 14.1 million people unemployed. Since March, the number of unemployed people has increased by 545,000, and the unemployment rate has risen 0.4%. The number of people unemployed for less than five weeks increased by 412,000 in June. The number of long-term unemployed -- people jobless for 27 weeks or longer – was 6.3 million in June, and represented 44.4% of the unemployed, BLS preliminary data show.

 

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