United States job growth was likely solid in June despite trade risks

Economy adds 213K jobs in June unemployment ticks up to 4 percent

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Meanwhile, May's print of 223,000 new jobs was upwardly revised to 244,000. Construction jobs have increased by 282,000 over the year to meet housing demand, and mining has tacked on 95,000 jobs as energy prices jump.

In the first six months of this year, 215,000 new jobs were created on average, which is above their average monthly growth of 182,000 in the past year, when the USA economy managed to generate 2.173 million new jobs, reported the Labor Ministry.

If hiring continues at its robust pace, the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates two more times this year, as it weighs concerns that the economy could overheat. In spite of healthy job growth, wage growth is especially weak in manufacturing, rising just 1.7 percent over the a year ago.

So far this year, the US economy has added an average of 215,000 jobs per month.

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Remaining slack in the job market could be keeping a lid on wage growth, said Cathy Barerra, chief economist at ZipRecruiter. "It's positive in the sense that we still have some capacity to grow above trend without triggering too much inflation worry". "It's probably relieving for the Fed".

The manufacturing sector, a target of Trump's "Make America Great Again" agenda, added 36,000 jobs in June, just the latest of a series of good news stories about the industry. This was consistent with sectoral data pointing to a more dynamic manufacturing sector among others.

Service providers boosted payrolls by 149,000, led by a 54,000 gain in education and health services, and 50,000 in professional and business services. The retail industry's woes were also reflected in employment, as vendors cut 21 600 positions, the biggest drop since December.

Minutes of the Fed's June 12-13 policy meeting published on Thursday offered an upbeat assessment of the labor market. The unemployment rate rose to 4 percent, the Labor Department said June 6.

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Another measure of unemployment, which takes into account people who want to work but are no longer searching as well as part-time workers who can't find full-time work, ticked up to 7.8% last month from a low of 7.6% last May. The central bank could stick to its plan to gradually increase interest rates. The department does not count people in the unemployment total unless they are actively seeking work. On an annual basis, the growth in average labor remuneration stabilized at 2.7%, but on an increase of 2.8%.

But average, hourly earnings increased in both May and June, according to BLS numbers.

At the same time, the unemployment rate rose to 4 per cent from 3.8 per cent, the government said Friday, as more people began looking for a job and not all of them found one. The agency's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its monthly look at the employment situation in the US, showing a rebound in the legal services sector after more tepid results in May.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast nonfarm payrolls increasing by 195,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent.

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