U.S. employers were still in a hiring mood last month, but job hunters in some industries did a lot better than others.
The government's monthly status report Friday on the employment market showed a surge in hiring last month, after payroll growth all but halted in May.
Nonfarm payrolls expanded by 287,000 jobs in June, the biggest monthly gain since last October, the Labor Department said. The payroll count for May was cut to a gain of just 11,000, rather than the previously reported 38,000.
Economists are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what some see as a statistical glitch in the government's main job market survey.
"How should one act on these numbers? Cautiously, because they are imprecise," IHS Global Insights economists wrote in a note to clients Friday.
They noted that the margin of error for the widely watched employment report is plus or minus 115,000. That means there's a 90 percent chance that payrolls rose by between 172,000 and 402,000 last month, they said.
Though imprecise, the report offers insights into which sectors of the economy are adding the most jobs.
Health-care and social assistance providers added 58,000 net new jobs in June, and the leisure and hospitality sector gained 59,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 14,000 last month after shedding 16,000 jobs in May, according to the government data. The retail sector added 29,900 jobs.
Construction payrolls were unchanged after two months of declines. The return of 35,100 Verizon workers, who were excluded from May's payroll count while on a monthlong strike, boosted information sector employment last month.
With a relatively large margin of error, many economists prefer to look at three-month averages to smooth out monthly variations.
On a three-month basis, the education, health and professional service sectors have been the biggest job creators. Construction, mining and logging, and goods producers have been shedding jobs.