Hourly wage growth has plodded along at an annual rate of roughly 2.5 percent in recent months, but even that number is misleading, because most of the gains have gone to more highly skilled workers, said Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union.
In oil markets, prices slipped by more than 2.5 percent on Friday as news of a further increase in US production added to earlier reports that OPEC output was also on the rise.
Wages once again grew only marginally in June, rising 2.5% from a year ago and little changed from prior months.
The health care sector and professional services saw the most gains in June, adding 37,000 and 35,000 jobs respectively.
In June, 1.6 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by 197,000 from a year earlier.
Nariman Behravesh of IHS Markit said the report overstated some of the vigor in the jobs market, since an important part of June's jump was due to a seasonal upswing in hiring by state and local governments - something that can also be tied to the end of the school year. Since then, however, the legal services sector has added about 7,500 jobs, according to the preliminary BLS data released Friday. The unemployment rate picked up for the right reasons.
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"Small business optimism has been flying high for months based on the expectation that Congress will cut taxes and reform health care", she said.
Nationally, the labor force participation rate is 62.8 percent and changed little in June. The employment-population ratio for prime age adults hasn't regained what it lost since the last recession, but it has at least made up most of the difference.
The labour force participation rate rose a tenth of a point to 62.8 per cent, a time when many USA students and new college graduates began hunting for summer work. It was followed by social assistance, financial activities, and mining.
There were 245,000 more Americans who gained employment over the month and more individuals joined the labor force as well.
This has been a tough year for the retail industry. For the year to date, the economy has added +1,079,000 new jobs meaning that the average job creation number for the year to date stands at 179,834 (rounded). The strong payrolls data also helped counter yesterday's slightly disappointing jobless claims figures from ADP. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 194,000 per month. The Fed had increased its interest rates for the second time in the month of June, but with inflation retreating further economists are expecting another rate hike only in December.