The U.S. job market continues to improve in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it marked the best five-month period of job growth since 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nonfarm employment rose at a seasonally adjusted 288,000 jobs last month. April's job gain of seasonally adjusted 304,000 positions had been the strongest growth since January 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Gallop's U.S. Job Creation Index also registered the improvement ending at +27 points in June. This score tied May for the highest index score in more than six years. Gallop's index measures net hiring activity in the U.S. based on a nationally representative sample of more than 16,000 full- and part-time employees in June. Of the workers in the sample, 40 percent said their employers were expanding their workforce. Less than half (41 percent) of respondents said there was no staffing change, and a small amount (13 percent) said their employers were reducing the size of their workforce.
The unemployment rate fell in June to 6.1 percent, according to the BLS. This is the lowest it's been since September 2008, the Wall Street Journal stated.
Businesses in Illinois that want to increase their workforces should work with Chicago recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their positions.