Healthcare employers added about 70,000 jobs in July, as the number of employees surged from the previous month, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.
The overall unemployment rate was 3.5% last month, with about 5.7 million unemployed. The unemployment rate has now recovered to its February 2020 levels, a month before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the US.
The economy added 528,000 jobs in July, driven primarily by growth in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and healthcare. An estimated 2.2 million people reported being unable to work last month due to pandemic-related closures or business losses.
The BLS also revised its employment data for May and June. Overall, the economy added 28,000 more jobs during these months than originally reported.