WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. employers delivered another healthy month of hiring in June, adding 206,000 jobs.

Last month’s job growth did mark a pullback from 218,000 in May.

The report Friday from U.S. Department of Labor contained several signs of a slowing job market. The unemployment rate climbed from 4% to 4.1%, a still-low number, but the highest rate since November 2021. The rate rose in large part because 277,000 people began looking for work in June, and not all of them found jobs immediately.

The government also revised its estimate of job growth for April and May by a combined 111,000. And it said average hourly pay rose only 0.3% from May and 3.9% from June 2023. The year-over-year figure was the smallest such rise since June 2021.

Two sectors, government, and a category that includes health care and social assistance, accounted for roughly 75% of June’s job growth.

Economists noted growth April-June averaged 177,000, the lowest three-month average since January 2021.

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