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Employment Summary for June 2020

Following strong May results, the hiring recovery continued to gain momentum with much better than expected job gains in June. The U.S. jobless rate fell 2.2 percentage points to 11.1 percent and payrolls rose by 4.9 million as businesses continued to look to a future free of pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions and its drag on overall demand.

“Today’s employment data adds support to a business trend our Network of almost 400 executive recruitment offices have reported. We continue to see month-over-month improvements in client demand for professional, technical, executive and managerial talent,” said Bert Miller, president and CEO of MRINetwork. “In spite of travel barriers and limitations on face-to-face interviewing, companies are recognizing the need to strengthen their organizations by hiring talented people who can thrive in the new world of work which is emerging from the coronavirus-impacted economy.”

Forecasts for the June jobs report had been wide ranging with a consensus 2.9 million new jobs. Analysts remained more uncertain than normal after the surprising gain of 2.5 million jobs versus a consensus of a decline of 7.5 million jobs in May. “We’ve got big forces at work here,” said James Sweeney, chief economist at Credit Suisse Group AG in comments to B