July Job Report: US Adds 187,000 Jobs

The United States added 187,000 new jobs in July. Although this was another consecutive month for jobs added in the U.S. hiring appeared to slow in July.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point to 3.5% in July.

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In July 2023, added jobs slowed for the second month in a row from 209,000 jobs added in June to 187,000.

In addition, average hourly earnings rose by 14 cents, or 0.4%, to $33.74 in July.

U.S. unemployment rates by group:

  • Adult women: 3.1%
  • Adult men: 3.3%
  • Teenagers: 11.3%
  • Whites: 3.1%
  • Blacks: 5.8%
  • Asians: 2.3%
  • Hispanics: 4.4%

Additional employment statistics for July 2023:

  • The number of discouraged workers, who believed that no jobs were available for them, increased marginally from 310,000 in June to 335,000 in July.
  • Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 4.4%.
  • The number of workers employed part-time for economic reasons changed little from 4.2 million in June to 4 million in July.

U.S. industries with notable job growth in July


Healthcare job growth remained steady with 63,000 jobs added in July.

The subsectors trending upwards most were in ambulatory health care services with 35,000 jobs added, hospitals with 16,000 jobs added, and nursing and residential care facilities with 12,000 jobs added.

Social assistance

Social assistance jobs like those in individual and family services increased by 24,000 jobs in July.

The highest gains were seen in individual and family services with 19,000 jobs added over the month.

Financial activities

Financial activities bumped government job growth from the top 3 in July with an increase of 19,000 jobs.

Most of these jobs were in real estate and rental and leasing.

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