US job growth strong; unemployment rate rises to 4 per cent

US job growth strong; unemployment rate rises to 4 per cent

Ontario's economy added 35,000 new jobs in June, but again, more people were looking for work putting upward pressure on the unemployment rate provincially. Those projections turned out to be correct.

U.S. employers added a higher-than-expected 213,000 jobs last month, extending the U.S. economy's long-running growth streak.

In its report Friday, the government revised up its estimate of job growth in May and April by a combined 37,000.

Ontario added 34,900 jobs for an increase of 0.5 per cent compared with the previous month, while Saskatchewan posted its largest monthly gain in over six years with the creation of 8,300 positions, which represented 1.5 per cent growth. That said, this year's tally is still short of the totals from the first six months of 2014 and 2015.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to release the June jobs report at 8:30 a.m. ET. The image makes a distinction: red columns point to monthly changes under the Bush and Trump administrations, while blue columns point to monthly job changes under the Obama administration. Construction added 13,000 jobs, while retail lost 22,000 - nearly all the jobs it had gained the month before. That kept the annual increase in average hourly earnings at 2.7%. Wages increased modestly last month.

With a record 6.7 million unfilled jobs in April, economists are optimistic that wage growth will accelerate later this year. But retailers cut 21,600 jobs last month, after boosting payrolls by 25,100 in May.

They expect the unemployment rate to have held steady at 3.8%, the lowest level since 2000 and 1969 before then. There were increases in professional and business services employment as well as leisure and hospitality.

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