The usual release of unemployment data, scheduled for the first Friday of each month, was advanced by one day because of the holiday weekend. There were 62,000 fewer people in work in June than in the previous month, marking the sixth straight month of decline, a total of 438,000 jobs so far this year. CNBC's Scott Cohn covered the data for NBC and Betsy Stark filed for ABC. On CBS, Anthony Mason used the statistics as a hook to look at the sparse summer hiring prospects for teenagers, as youth competes with 8.5m adults looking for work. Hard economic times were covered with a holiday feel by CBS' Ben Tracy and ABC's Dan Harris: Harris told us about straitened summer vacations; Tracy saw a dearth of recreational boaters on Pacific waters because of the high cost of diesel. Sail takes preference over power.
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