August 3rd, 2012
08:59 AM ET

Hiring picks up, but unemployment rises

Businesses stepped up their hiring in July, but the unemployment rate ticked higher anyway.

Employers said they added 163,000 jobs in the month, according to a Labor Department report released Friday, much better than the 95,000 jobs economists had forecast.

But at the same time, the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 8.3% as households claimed they lost 195,000 jobs.

The government's monthly jobs report comes from two separate surveys: one that looks at company payrolls, and the other that questions households. Those two reports went in opposite directions in July, confusing the overall reading on the job market.

According to the employer survey, the public sector continues to be a drag on overall hiring. The government cut 9,000 jobs in the month, while private businesses added 172,000 jobs.

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  1. saywhat

    @Obama Mama
    Bachmann, Cantor and their ilk up on the Hill, part of the problem. If we havn't still realized what they stand for and who they stand for then the blame for our woes lies upon our shoulders.
    The truth behind 9/11? perhaps a couple of decades from now when it wouldn't even matter.

    August 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Little birdie says it's time to look and examine Harry Reids tax rerturns!

    August 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Right after we see Romneys.

      August 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Actually, it's time for the CIA to examine OUR tax returns. And they have been for years, count on it.
    Soon, instead of a letter from the IRS, two men dressed in business suits wearing dark sunglasses will just walk through your front door. 700 CIA agents were called home to Denver from Iraq just a couple of months ago for this very purpose.
    If you have been defrauding US, YOU ARE ALREADY BUSTED. There is still time for you to STOP and make arrangements to pay US back what you have stolen before the CIA comes not knocking.

    August 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      Lol. Good thing I don't cheat on my taxes. Also a good thing I don't believe half of the jusk that you put out there every day.

      August 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      See I heard they brought those CIA agents to Denver because an alien space craft was found nearby and it was full of elite members of the Chinese and Ugandan militaries who were actually working with Aliens and Mountain Trolls to bring down the USA from under ground, literally. Its the truth because I saw it on the internet somewhere.

      August 4, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      It would be bs if that were the case. The government already ignores 2 different supreme court cases that clearly state that income is a measure of financial increase, and wages are an even exchange of money for labor. You lose you time and energy in exchange for money, thus not income, thus not taxable. But or government is noting more then thieving fascists

      August 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      Washington State Residents: Get off the comments section and fill out your ballot-or stop complaining about politics!!!

      August 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Str8Vision

    Looks like all those additional fast food, telemarketing and collections jobs didn't really help the unemployment picture. Stock market is doing well but that's because corporate America manufactures everything overseas, the market no longer reflects the American economy/state of affairs. Don't worry though, the trickle down effect will kick in anytime now.....just wait for it.....

    August 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      That's what the gop keeps saying anyway. And dumb americans buy it hook line and sinker.

      August 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phunk

    Pepperoni pizza time

    August 4, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |

    My heros better than your hero,
    Nan nan a nan ah.
    Take that you nasty person you.
    Look their each sticking theiro tongues out.
    Now now children, play nice!

    August 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Obama Mama

    After 31 months in office at this point intheir pres.
    Obama-61 days
    GW-180 days
    Ronald Reagan-112 days
    Clinton took the least-28 days

    August 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Iceax

    Oh yes baby check this out folks maybe old news but anyways,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sheldon adelson of the sands in las vegas is caught laundering money from well known drug dealers and chemicals to manufacture meth amphetamine and he also contributes money to the mit romney race oh yes its time to put all thugs away and republipunks are the master leaders of this nation ? Lets shut this guy down check his contacts , there is a trail there even if the money is through a different chanell and still comes fro this thug its still illegal romney knew dam well where the money comes from these guys are not stupid stop the madness!!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Al Orsini

    I've been unemployed two years, my unemployment ended four months ago. What roster am I on?? NONE! I'm no longer counted. No, I'm not on welfare. I've never asked for a handout in my life, and I won't start now.I love my country, but distrust the government.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. krehator

    Stop whining. It's not the govt's responsibility to get you a job. You obviously have no skills, and should have invested in a field that had a better future.

    There are jobs out there, but people refuse to move, or simply won't work.

    Blame yourselves. You didn't plan ahead. You bought the big houses and cars. You bought all the imports and caused jobs to go. You kept buying into the political blame game while both parties were doing the same thing to this country.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tthomas017

    College grad over here who keeps getting rejection email after rejection email without even the prospect of an interview. Most of the jobs being posted are not for us. We're either over qualified or we lack real world experience, in employers' opinions. :SIGH:

    August 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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