Jobless Rate Hits 6.4 Percent The U.S. unemployment rate hits its highest level in more than nine years, rising from 6.1 percent in May to 6.4 percent in June. Businesses cut 30,000 jobs from their payrolls, while the manufacturing industry lost about 56,000 jobs. Hear NPR's Jim Zarroli.
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Nation's Jobless Rate Jumps to 6.4 Percent

The U.S. unemployment rate hits its highest level in more than nine years, rising from 6.1 percent in May to 6.4 percent in June. Businesses cut 30,000 jobs from their payrolls, while the manufacturing industry lost about 56,000 jobs. Hear NPR's Jim Zarroli.