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Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
July 5, 2013

More jobs were created last month than economists had expected, but the unemployment rate held steady.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that employers added 195,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. That’s better than the 165,000-gain that forecasters had predicted.

The agency also revised up its estimate of job growth in May — to 195,000 positions, vs. the 175,000 it initially estimate.

But the jobless rate last month was unchanged at 7.6 percent.

We’ll have much more from the report and reactions to it as the morning continues. Hit your refresh button to be sure you’re seeing our latest updates.

Update at 8:55 a.m. ET. Sharp Upward Revision In April’s Jobs Data:

A month ago, BLS revised down its estimate of the job growth in April. It had initially reported that 165,000 jobs were added to payrolls that month. Then, in its first revision of the data, it said the increase was 149,000. On Friday, it revised the figure again — to a gain of 199,000 jobs.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

“Of course, more revisions are possible. On average, the Labor Department changes its payroll numbers by about 46,000 — up or down — from the time the first estimate comes out until the third estimate is issued two months later, as more complete data comes in.”

Update at 8:45 a.m. ET. Why The Unemployment Rate Didn’t Decline:

Many months, the news about the number of jobs added to payrolls and the direction of the unemployment rate seem to contradict each other. Why, for instance, would the jobless rate have held steady in June if there were 195,000 more jobs?

One part of the explanation is that the numbers are based on different surveys. Employers are quizzed about how many jobs they have — that produces the payroll employment data. Households are questioned about who’s working and who’s not — that produces the jobless rate. Two surveys can mean two different views of what’s happening.

June’s report also offers a relatively simple explanation: There were 177,000 more people counted as being part of the civilian labor force. In an economy with nearly 156 million workers, that’s pretty close to the 195,000 additional jobs that showed up in the survey of employers. So, the lack of change in the jobless rate makes sense. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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