June 2014: professional business services sees leap in job availability
the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly news release, the unemployment rate decreased in June to 6.1 percent, down .2 percentage points from the previous two months. Almost 300,000 new jobs were available last month — thanks to growth in professional services, healthcare and other industries — and the number of unemployed people in the U.S. has declined by more than 2.3 million over the past 12 months. However, the unemployment rate for teenagers increased in June to 21 percent. Overall, June had a good month for growth, with 288,000 new jobs added. This number is higher than previous monthly averages of only 272,000 new jobs per month.
- Professional and business services saw 67,000 new jobs — also higher than its previous monthly average of 53,000 jobs — primarily in consulting positions, engineering services and computer systems.
- Forty thousand new jobs were added in the retail industry as well, primarily related to auto part dealers, electronics stores, and building and garden supply shops. Previously, the monthly average for retail work was only 26,000 new jobs.
- The healthcare industry also saw a gain of 21,000 jobs, a number fairly consistent with its previous average of 18,000 jobs added per month. Most of the new jobs were for ambulatory care services, though nursing facilities benefitted from the growth as well.
- The transportation, financial, trade and manufacturing industries also saw employment improvements, totaling 65,000 new jobs across all industries.
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