Employers Added 195,000 Jobs in June

About 195,000 new jobs were added in June, while unemployment remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.

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Job seekers speak to representatives of employers at a job fair in New York City.

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Though the job market continued to grow in June, with employers adding 195,000 new jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent, according to the Labor Department.

Employment rose for the second month in a row and increased slightly more than projected. Consensus estimates projected an increase of 165,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg.

The leisure and hospitality industry saw the greatest growth in June, with 75,000 jobs added. The industry's monthly growth in 2013 has averaged to about 55,000 jobs, which is almost twice what its monthly growth was last year.

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Professional and business services also added 53,000 new positions, retail trade added about 37,000 new jobs and health care and social assistance saw an increase of about 23,500 jobs.

But despite the "healthy growth" in the private sector, the unemployment rate is not where many would expect it to be at this point in the recovery, said Brian Hamilton, Sageworks chairman, in a released statement.

"Despite strong balance sheet and income statement performance, many companies remain very resistant to increasing their overhead by hiring and taking on debt," Hamilton said.

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The rise in income levels recently has also been "somewhat disappointing," says Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.

Average hourly earnings rose by 10 cents to $24.01 last month and by 51 cents, or 2.2 percent, over the year, according to the jobs report.

"Some of that reflects the quality of jobs being created," Hamrick says. Although more than 100,000 jobs were added last month between leisure and hospitality and retail, those positions don't typically see high hourly earnings, he added.

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"It's a good thing, but those aren't necessarily jobs that are high-paying or of tremendous high quality," Hamrick says. Also of concern is the fact that the federal government continues to lose jobs, Hamrick says.

Government jobs fell by 7,000 this month, following a loss of 12,000 in May. The manufacturing industry also lost 6,000 jobs in June, while transportation and warehousing cut about 5,000 positions.

Overall, Hamrick says that while there has not been a dramatic change, the economy is faring better than before and will most likely keep the Fed on track to reduce its level of asset purchases later this year.

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