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U.S. adds 20,500 temporary jobs

July 02 2010

U.S. temporary help payrolls rose by 20,500 in June, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total nonfarm payrolls fell by 125,000 to 137.5 million as the number of U.S. Census workers dropped by 225,000. However, the private sector added 83,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate fell to 9.5% in June from 9.7% in May.

U.S. temporary help payrolls totaled 2.1 million jobs in June with the increase of 20,500, according to the BLS. Temporary help payrolls had risen by 31,000 jobs in May and 23,300 in April based on revised numbers. The temporary help services category has added 379,000 jobs since the low of September 2009.

The temporary penetration rate rose to 1.61% in June from 1.59% in May. The number of temporary jobs in May was adjusted down by 3,200.

In June, the employment services category overall added 35,800 jobs for total employment of 2.8 million. The employment services category includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, executive search services and professional employer organizations.

Healthcare added 9,000 jobs in June. It has gained 217,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

The transportation and warehousing category added 15,000 jobs in June, and is up by 44,000 since its low in February. Manufacturing added 9,000 jobs in June; it has gained 136,000 jobs since December 2009.

Construction employment fell by 22,000 jobs in June.

While employment in the private sector rose by 83,000 jobs in June to 107.7 million, it remained 7.9 million jobs below its December 2007 level.

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