Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 213,000 in June but overall unemployment in the country rose 0.2 percent to 4 percent last month, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The total number of unemployed persons in the country increased by 499,000 to 6.6 million, month-over-month. Employment is still ahead of where it was in June 2017 when the jobless rate was 4.3 percent and the number of unemployed was 7 million.
The real estate industry added 3,800 jobs according to the data. Approximately 300 jobs were reported lost in the rental and leasing services sector.
Unemployment rates for teenagers, Whites, Blacks and Hispanics showed little or no change. Rates increased for adult men, adult women and Asians.