The number of new jobs rose by 80,000 in June and the unemployment rate stayed at 8.2 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data out this morning. The boost in jobs is less than the 100,000 needed per month to keep up with the growing workforce, and far short of what’s needed to replenish the millions of jobs that have never been regained since the recession’s onset.
Private employment, which excludes government agencies, increased by 84,000 in June, the weakest in 10 months. In fact, the number of those working for public-sector jobs decreased by 4,000. Jobs grew in professional and business services by 47,000 jobs in June, with temporary help services accounting for 25,000 of the increase. Employment in manufacturing continued to increase in June (+11,000), as well as in health care (+13,000).
The percentage of workers who are unemployed, underemployed or have dropped out of the labor force continued to increase, rising from 14.8 percent in May to 14.9 percent in June.
Black workers saw their jobless rate increase to 14.4 percent in June from 13.6 percent in May, while the unemployment rate stayed the same for Latino workers (11 percent) and for other major groups.
The number of long-term jobless workers also remained unacceptably high at 5.4 million in June, after increasing from 5.1 million in May. Long-term jobless workers (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) make up 41.9 percent of the unemployed.
Saying America's economy is not delivering for working people, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted Republican priorities for more tax cuts for the richest 1 percent and more layoffs for teachers and firefighters:
"Republicans in Congress have responded to massive jobs shortage and weak economy with obstructionism and dishonesty. They have repeatedly blocked public investment that would create jobs and spur grown, including President Obama's American Jobs Act. They have held up countless necessary bills, including relief for student loans. The cruel reality is Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress are willing to sabotage the recovery in the hope of scoring political points against the President."
Cutting back on policies that provide relief for millions of working families is not just bad policy, it’s immoral.