By: Kellie Lail

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its July 2023 Report, so let’s take a look at how employment fared over the last month.

The great news is: 

  • In July, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 187,000 people. 
  • The unemployment rate in July decreased by 0.1% to 3.5%, remaining in the narrow window of 3.4%-3.7% unemployment that has been maintained since March of 2022. The number of unemployed persons in July decreased to 5.8 million.
  • Social assistance, financial activities, wholesale trade, and health care garnered the largest share of new jobs over the last month. 

The good news is: 

  • In July, average hourly earnings for private non-farm payroll jobs increased by 0.4%, or 14 cents, to $33.74. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 4.4% and the average work week for these employees decreased slightly with an average work week of 34.3 hours in July.
  • The labor force participation rate remained the same in July at 62.6%, for the fifth month in a row, still remaining below the pre-pandemic level of 63.3%.

The bad news is: 

  • The number of people not in the labor force who currently want a job was slightly decreased to 5.4 million people in May. Keep in mind, these 5.4 million people were not counted as unemployed because they were unavailable to take a job or were not actively looking for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.
  • The number of discouraged workers who believed there were no jobs available to them increased from June by 25,000 to 335,000 people.
  • The number of long-term unemployed, people who were without a job for 27 weeks or more, was mildly increased at 1.2 million people, accounting for 19.9% of total unemployed persons.

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