WASHINGTON — U.S. non-farm payroll employment grew by 222,000 jobs in June, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent, according to the report the BLS issued July 7.
Health care (up 37,000 jobs), professional and business service (up 35,000 jobs), and food services and drinking places (up 29,000 jobs) were the sectors that saw the biggest gains in June, according to the BLS.
But manufacturing jobs grew by only 1,000, and construction, wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing also saw little growth, the bureau said. Mining, which suffered in recent months, saw 8,000 new jobs in June, it said.
The BLS employment figures were much larger than the 158,000 new jobs recorded by payroll services firm ADP Inc. in its June report issued July 6.
Medium-sized businesses (those with 50 to 499 employees) had by far the largest job gains during the month, with 91,000, according to ADP. Large businesses (500 employees or more) added 50,000 jobs in June, whereas small businesses with fewer than 50 employees—the biggest job gainers in previous ADP reports—added only 17,000.