The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released employment numbers for June.
According to the most recent numbers, total nonfarm employment rose by 4.8 million in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 11.1%, the bureau reported on Thursday, July 2.
“These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,” according to the news release. “In June, employment in leisure and hospitality rose sharply.”
The bureau said notable job gains also occurred in retail trade, education and health services, manufacturing, and professional and business services.
According to one of two surveys by the bureau, the household survey, the unemployment rates declined in June for adult men (10.2%), adult women (11.2%), teenagers (23.2%), Whites (10.1%), Blacks (15.4%), and Hispanics (14.5%). The jobless rate for Asians (13.8%) changed little over the month.
Other numbers show that unemployed persons who were on temporary layoff decreased by 4.8 million in June to 10.6 million, following a decline of 2.7 million in May. The number of unemployed persons who were jobless less than five weeks declined by 1 million to 2.8 million in June; and unemployed persons who were jobless five to 14 weeks numbered 11.5 million, down by 3.3 million over the month and accounted for 65.2% of the unemployed.
The full report can be found here.
“By contrast, the number of persons jobless 15 to 26 weeks and the long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) saw over-the-month Increases.”