The Department of Labor’s June 2011 employment situation summary is ugly – only 18,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were added during the month, bringing the official unemployment rate to 9.2 percent.

This came as a huge surprise after ADP’s June 2011 figures showed that 157,000 private sector jobs were added last month. The ADP report led economists to estimate that the DOL report would show an addition of 120,000 jobs during the month. Imagine everyone’s surprise to see the 18,000 figure this morning.

A sampling of the job gains and losses by industry include increases in professional and business services and decreases in the government sector:

  • Leisure and hospitality +34,000 jobs
  • Professional and technical services +24,000 jobs
  • Health care +14,000 jobs
  • Mining +8,000 jobs
  • Government -39,000 jobs with 14,000 jobs lost in federal government
The employment situation contained more bad news – April figures were revised down to +217,000 jobs from +232,000 jobs and May’s numbers dropped from 54,000 new jobs to only 25,000 new jobs. Approximately 150,000 new jobs need to be created each month to simply keep up with population growth.

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