PHOTO: First Friday Business Breakfast

Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella (2nd L) speaks with (from left) Joe Steiner and Beth Welsh of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Summit City Council President Richard Madden at the chamber’s July First Friday business breakfast event at the Grand Summit Hotel.

U.S. Unemployment Remains At 8.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June according to data released this morning by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that wasn’t enough to lower the unemployment rate from 8.2 percent. In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 jobs per month – a sharp decline from the first quarter’s average monthly gain of 226,000 jobs.