Employers in the US hired fewer workers than forecast in June, showing the labour market is making scant progress toward reducing joblessness. Payrolls rose 80,000 last month after a 77,000 increase in May, Labour Department figures showed today in Washington.
Economists projected a 100,000 gain, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey.
The unemployment rate held at 8.2 per cent. Private employment, which excludes government agencies, increased 84,000 in June, the weakest in 10 months.
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