Economic recovery beat expectations as unemployment rate fell to 11%

The economic recovery has beat expectations again this month by adding almost 5 million jobs with the unemployment rate falling to 11.1%:

CNBC – Nonfarm payrolls jumped by 4.8 million in June and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1% as the U.S. continued its reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a 2.9 million increase and a jobless rate of 12.4%. The report was released a day earlier than usual due to the July Fourth U.S. holiday.

The jobs growth marked a big leap from the 2.7 million in May, which was revised up by 190,000. The June total is easily the largest single-month gain in U.S. history.

Leisure and hospitality again accounted for the biggest jump, as the sector saw a 2.1 million gain, accounting for about 40% of the total growth.

Another big contributor to the decline of the jobless rate was a plunge in those on temporary layoff. That total fell by 4.8 million in June to 10.6 million after a decrease of 2.7 million in May. The short-term jobless level fell by 1 million to 2.8 million.



Even the labor force participation rate isn’t far from where it was before pandemic:

The labor force participation level saw a sharp bump, rising to 61.5%, which brings it to 1.9 percentage points below its February level, a month before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the U.S. economy.

I really does look like the economy is going to recover quicker than expected and that’s a great thing. However this may be hampered a bit as some governors (like Texas, California, and Florida) are shutting some things back down as there appears to be a surge in cases.

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