The latest jobs report, released June 30, showed overall gains in employment.
Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June. Increases were in leisure, hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care and financial activities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The economy is producing jobs, but they are, generally speaking, lousy ones,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. “President Obama is at a critical juncture now: Is he the steward of a low-wage recovery, or will his actions now focus on middle-class jobs that move us forward?”
The overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent.
The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million in June, said the BLS report. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.
Leisure and hospitality added 75,000 jobs in June. Monthly job growth in this industry has averaged 55,000 thus far in 2013, almost twice the average gain of 30,000 per month in 2012, the report said.
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to expand, increasing by 52,000 in June. Employment in the amusements, gambling, and recreation industry also continued to trend up in June (+19,000).
Employment in professional and business services rose by 53,000 in June. Job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+8,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+7,000). Employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+10,000). Over the past year, professional and business services has added 624,000 jobs.