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Job growth rebounds to 222,000 in June; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.4%

A construction worker pitches in at a condominium site in Coral Gables, Fla., in June. (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
A construction worker pitches in at a condominium site in Coral Gables, Fla., in June. (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)

The labor market rebounded strongly in June as U.S. employers added 222,000 net new jobs for the best performance since February, the Labor Department said Friday.

The figure was a significant improvement from May’s upwardly revised job growth of 152,000 net new jobs. Job creation for April and May was revised up by a total of 47,000.

The unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage point last month after hitting its lowest level since 2001 in May. But the increase, to 4.4%, was for a good reason as 361,000 people joined the labor force a month after it contracted.

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