WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 224,000 jobs in June 2019, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but the unemployment rate inched up to 3.7% from May's 3.6%, the BLS said.
The strongest employment gains in June were in professional and business services, which added 51,000 jobs during the month.
There were also big increases in health care (up 35,000 jobs), transportation and warehousing (up 24,000 jobs) and construction (up 21,000 jobs), the BLS said.
The manufacturing sector added 17,000 jobs in June, including 4,000 in plastics and rubber products, according to the report.
Mining, wholesale and retail trade, information and financial activities stayed fairly flat in June, it said.
The federal job numbers for June were much stronger than most economists had predicted, and in fact were more than double those provided by payroll services firm ADP Inc., which issued its monthly report on U.S. private sector employment July 3.
In June, the U.S. gained only 102,000 private sector jobs, according to ADP.
Strong gains in medium-sized businesses of 50 to 499 employees (up 60,000 jobs) and large businesses of 500 or more employees (up 65,000 jobs) were offset by a loss of 23,000 jobs in small businesses of one to 49 employees, the company said.
The goods-producing sector lost 15,000 jobs, with only 7,000 gained in manufacturing, according to ADP. Of the 117,000 jobs gained in the service-providing sector, 55,000 were in education and health services, it said.
Franchise employment increased by 13,500 in June, but employment in auto parts and dealers fell by 1,000, the report said.
Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said he was encouraged by continuing gains in manufacturing employment.
"The jobs numbers show that the president still has some room to maneuver on the China trade talks," Mr. Paul said. "The question is: Will he get a good idea for American workers, or will he continue to kick the can down the road, as past presidents have?"
Issuing its Monthly Jobs Report July 4, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB) said it marked the 19th consecutive month of employment growth among NFIB members.
"At a time when owners are continuing to struggle to find workers, they're doing everything they can to recruit them, including raising wages," said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan.
"The demand for workers is showing no signs of abating, evidence that tax cuts and deregulation lead to job creation," Ms. Duggan said.