CNC report from New York
Added On July 7, 2012
The latest American jobless rate remains stuck amid fierce election fight.
Meanwhile, homeless families in New York are at record high.
The American Labor Department revealed Friday that its unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2 percent in June and the employers added only 80,000 jobs.
The private employers added 84,000 jobs while governments at all levels cut 4,000 jobs.
The job growth fell short of investors' forecasts.
Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in June.
The manufacturing sector added 11,000 jobs, while employment in the health care sector rose by 13,000.
Retail trade lost 5,400 jobs and the transportation and warehousing industry shed 2,200 jobs.
The new job creation pace was downwardly revised for April from 77,000 to 68,000, and was upwardly revised for May from 69,000 to 77,000.
In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 226,000 for the first quarter of the year.
Slower job growth in the second quarter occurred in most major industries, indicating a weak economic growth.
Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, says the economy was continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
He adds much more remained to be done to repair the damage from the financial crisis and deep recession that followed.
The 80,000 net job gain in June was disappointing, but other details suggested better times were ahead. Temporary help hiring accelerated and the workweek lengthened.
Meanwhile, the number of homeless families in New York hit record levels. They come to the Department of Homeless Services in the city to ask for help.
Lots of homeless people hope to be placed in a shelter because of their low-income jobs. They said they cannot afford New York City's high rents.
Many were evicted from their apartments after falling behind on their rent payments. The city is required to place families, women and children in temporary shelters. However, finding a stable home for them should take weeks.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): RICHARD RONDAN, HOMELESS FATHER
"People are suffering, people are getting thrown out of their houses, people that had programs with kids. Everybody's just getting kicked out and the system is not working at all because everybody is being shoved from one place to another. And where are you going in the system if there is no programs. This means you stay there. The city is spending millions of dollars in people in the shelter system instead of paying their rent and just leaving them in the apartment."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): LISA SLEDGE, HOMELESS MOTHER
"No one knows that there is a silent cry from the shelter. Since I've been in the shelter, I've developed anxiety, I feel like I just can't go on. I don't want to say I want to kill myself because I can't because I have children to live for. But it's really discouraging."
According to the advocacy group for the homeless, 113,000 homeless men, women and children slept in New York City shelters in 2011.
In addition, 2.9 million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording food, 1.4 million rely on soup kitchens, a 60 percent increase since 2003.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):GISELLE ROUTHIER, COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
"Right now, we have record homelessness in New York City, over 43,000 men, women and children seeking shelter every night that includes 17,000 kids. These numbers are the highest they have ever been, since the city started keeping track in the early 1980ties."
US jobless rate unchanged
Added On July 7, 2012