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July Sees Increase in Hiring

In July, U.S. employers hired 163,000 people after a three month-long sluggish period. In August, the Labor Department said the unemployment rate rose from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent last June.

July's hiring rate was the highest since February, which is a hopeful sign. On average, the economy has added approximately 151,000 jobs each month in 2012, which is not a fast enough pace to put a dent in the national unemployment rate. "After a string of disappointing economic reports…we'll certainly take it," said James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics.

The U.S. government employs two different surveys in order to measure employment, with one of them being a survey of businesses which revealed job gains. The unemployment rate is tabulated from a survey of households, which is divided by the number of unemployed people by the size of the labor force. July reports show that more people were unemployed while the size of the labor force continued to shrink. According to economists, the business survey is considered to be more reliable.

If the number of available jobs increases substantially, it could improve President Barack Obama's chances for re-election. The country's unemployment rate has been above 8 percent since he first took office, which is the longest stretch in recorded history. President Obama is the first president since World War II facing re-election with an unemployment rate above 8 percent. After a two-day policy meeting earlier this month, the Federal Reserve indicated an inclination to take additional steps if the hiring rate doesn't improve; however, some economists believe that the job gains need to be greater.

Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist for Capital Economics said that July's job gains were a "vast improvement" over the past four months. While July picked up, it was still well below the average of 252,000 jobs added monthly from December, 2011 through February of 2012.

"It also isn't strong enough to drive the unemployment rate lower, which is what the Fed really wants to see. So, on balance, we doubt this would be enough to persuade the Fed to hold fire in September," Ashworth said.

Of the job gains, the manufacturing industry added 25,000 jobs while restaurants and bars added 29,000 jobs. Retailers hired on 7,000 more employees, while education and health services added 38,000. In contrast, governments cut 9,000 jobs. The Law Offices of Kevin J. Dolley handles labor and employment law including but not limited to discrimination claims, employee benefits, human resources law, workers' compensation and much more. Contact a Missouri labor and employment attorney from the firm to schedule your initial consultation.

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