Economy adds 195K jobs, jobless rate 7.6 pct.

Economy adds 195K jobs, jobless rate 7.6 pct.

Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.

The Labor Department says the economy added 70,000 more jobs in May and April than initially reported.

The unemployment rate stayed at 7.6 percent because more people started looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are looking for work.

The economy has added an average of 202,000 jobs a month for the past six months, up from 180,000 in the previous six. That suggests businesses are growing more confident in the economy.

If the gains continue, the Federal Reserve might start to scale back its bond purchases before the year ends.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks


LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Music

Jack White launches new Third Man Records store in Detroit


Rocker Jack White has launched his first Third Man Records venture in his native Detroit.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

WATCH: Holiday parodies of the year’s biggest hits


From "Bad Blood" and "Watch Me," to "Uptown Funk," here are the year's hottest songs made fit for the holidays.

in Music

Judas Priest star wants to rock out with Lady Gaga


Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is keen for an odd collaboration with the "Poker Face" hitmaker.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

WATCH: What ‘Black Friday’ would look like as a scary movie


Black Friday would be a scary shopping experience if it got the Hollywood treatment.