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Nation’s June unemployment rate reverses course

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The U.S. unemployment rate rose back up to 4.4 percent in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In May, the jobless rate ticked down to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent in April, according to a news release.

Despite the latest bump in the unemployment rate, employers added 222,000 jobs last month.

June job gains were led by:
    •    health care, at 37,000 new employees;
    •    professional and business services, 35,000;
    •    food services and drinking places, 29,000;
    •    social assistance, 23,000;
    •    financial activities, 17,000; and
    •    mining, 8,000.

Industries such as construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and transportation and warehousing were little changed last month, according to the release.

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