SOURCE: BMO Financial Group

BMO Financial Group

July 05, 2013 12:09 ET

U.S. Creating Jobs at Steady Pace -- BMO Economics

June Non-Farm Payrolls Reinforce Call for Fed to Slow Asset Purchases in the Fall

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jul 5, 2013) - U.S. nonfarm payrolls for June painted a pretty optimistic portrait of the labor market and leave the call for the Federal Reserve to begin slowing their asset purchases in the fall intact, according to BMO Economics.

"The U.S. economy continues to create new jobs -- as it has been for the past 33 months -- and the pace has steadied," said Jennifer Lee, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets. "June nonfarm payrolls came in at 195,000, which was better than expected. And, there were upward revisions to the prior two months."

Ms. Lee said that the average so far in 2013 is about 202,000, which is the level that the Federal Reserve wants to see.

Meanwhile, the basic jobless rate was flat at 7.6%, a near 5-year low. "More cash landed in workers' pockets last month, with a 0.4 per cent rise in average hourly earnings -- 2.2% above a year ago," noted Ms. Lee. "Employees put in more hours, as well, with aggregate hours worked growing 0.2% for the second consecutive month. The participation rate picked up for the second month in a row but is still very low, but it is a start."

Among specific industries, housing's strength was reflected in more hiring in the construction sector, retailers added more workers despite softer consumer spending and health care & social assistance continued their lengthy hiring streak. Meanwhile, education took a cut, federal & state governments became even leaner, but local governments bulked up for the 3rd straight month.

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