US adds 1.8 million jobs in July amid coronavirus pandemic

Kameleon007/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 10.2% in July, falling slightly below June’s 11.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were 1.8 million jobs added in the month as the country continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the numbers are better than expected, they still show a slow climb for any job gains.

The jobs added in July were in leisure and hospitality, government, retail trade, professional and business services, other services, and health care.

Leisure and hospitality saw the largest gains out of the sectors which added jobs, with employment increasing by 592,000.

The food and drink industry also increased, though by slightly less with 502,000. However, despite the gains from July, June and May, employment in the industry is down by 2.6 million since February.

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New weekly unemployment filings tick up to 870,000

glegorly/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The latest tally of weekly jobless claims was 870,000 last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday. While the number of people filing for unemployment insurance has plateaued in recent