That would continue a downward trend since the economy added almost 3 million net new jobs - an average of 250,000 a month - in 2014 in the best year of labor market growth since the late 1990s. Job gains of 222,000 beat economists' forecast for 179,000. Health care posted the biggest job gain - 59,100 - despite uncertainty around health care legislation in Congress. Governments added an unusually high 35,000 positions, almost all of them at the local level.
U.S. job creation returned with a roar in June, offering a dose of welcome news to the White House and offsetting fears of a slowing economy, official figures showed on Friday (Jul 7).
The unemployment rate changed very little, going from 4.3% in May to 4.4% in June. Since January, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed are down by 0.4% and 658,000, respectively. Thursday's private-sector jobs report from ADP and Moody's Analytics found that the US added a fewer-than-expected 158,000 in June, and that goods-producing jobs were essentially flat. Most economists chalk it up to a dwindling supply of workers as the unemployment rate falls.
And auto sales are slowing from last year's record pace, causing some automakers to cut jobs.
But that private-sector job growth was less than the 1.16 million the sector added from November 2015 through April 2016.
The first month of summer may have brought an extra 200,000 jobs for Americans, but veteran employment took a slight hit.
Analysts said the job gains bolster the case for the Federal Reserve to continue to raise interest rates, even though inflation remains lower than policymakers at the United States central bank would like.
Curt Long, Chief Economist at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU), reminded that while the growth in jobs is great news, "wage growth has stalled, which will add to fears that low inflation may not improve any time soon". The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco calculated past year that 80 percent of those formerly part-time workers who obtained full-time jobs did so at wages below the national median level of pay.
"People are out of practice when it comes to asking for higher pay", said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. One gauge measures the proportion of part-time workers who would prefer full-time jobs - a category that soared during the recession.
At the current pace, the USA would add about 1.9 million jobs in 2017.
Trump said in a tweet that "at some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy" and other successes of his administration. The jobs rebound also was sure to comfort Federal Reserve policymakers planning to hike benchmark interest rates later this year despite persistently weak inflation.