The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday that the U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 8.2%, disappointing analysts and driving the stock market downward even though the data showed that all of the new jobs came from the private sector.
In June, the number of long-term unemployed, meaning those jobless for 27 weeks or longer, was unchanged at 5.4 million, accounting for 41.9% of the unemployed, the BLS reported. The change in payroll employment for May was revised up to 77,000 new jobs from the originally reported 69,000. According to the BLS data, private companies accounted for all of the employment growth, adding 84,000 jobs. Governments, on the other hand, lost a total of 4,000 positions, with the federal work force cutting 7,000 jobs.
Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics Ltd., in Valhalla, N.Y., said in an analyst note that some positive news could be found in June’s temp hiring number, up 25,000, the best since February, as well as the rebound in aggregate hours, up 0.4%.
Yet Shepherdson said the BLS report was an overall letdown.
“The sluggishness of headline payrolls will attract most of the attention,” Shepherdson wrote, “and the pressure on the Fed to take more action will be incrementally ratcheted up. We are inclined still to think that significantly better news is in the pipeline but there can be no question this report is disappointing.”
The U.S. stock markets were lower in afternoon trading, with three major indexes off around 1%.
While economists’ consensus was for 100,000 new jobs, Trim Tabs Investment Research was closer to the mark, having predicted the addition of just 75,000 jobs in June.