Unemployment now down to 6.1%
The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.1%, a pre-recession low not seen since September 2008.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that translated to a decrease of 325,000 unemployed persons, which now number 9.5 million nationally. The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) dropped by 293,000 to 3.1 million.
Among the industries that benefitted most from June’s job spike were professional and business services (up 67,000 jobs), retail trade (40,000), and food services drinking places (33,000).
Within the retail trade, building material and garden supply stores got a boost of 8,000 jobs in June.
Manufacturing added 16,000 jobs, all of which were in the durable goods sector.
June’s job growth was sharply higher than the rate seen during the first five months of 2014, and it was well above economists’ expectations. The average job estimate, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg, was 215,000.
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Golden Hammer Profile: Fluidmaster
It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to describe Fluidmaster as a company that manufactures toilet tank parts.
As David McFarland, director marketing for the San Juan Capistrano, California-based company explained to HCN, the company’s commitment to giving back is so integral to its identity, it chose a heart-shaped logo.
"In 1957, our founder Adolf Schoepe had a vision for a better, more efficient toilet fill valve and a desire to build a business the right way; by providing the best product for the customer’s dollar, the best jobs for employees based on their contributions to the company, and by being a good citizen in the community," he said.
Its extensive list of corporate giving beneficiaries includes numerous local youth programs, the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Engineers Without Borders and more.
But enough about the charity — the product is just as noteworthy.
Fluidmaster sells more than 72 million toilet repair parts each year, with a global distribution network that reaches more than 80% of the world’s population.
In addition, it’s tackling big issues in its field: the imminent rise of touchless flush technology, as well as high-efficiency and dual-flush options that aim to reduce water use. A Flush ‘N Sparkle system, which automatically adds cleaning solution to the bowl with each flush, is a nice touch for customers who want the cleaning to take care of itself.
As a result of all of these things and more, Fluidmaster took home the Golden Hammer award in the Plumbing Supplies and Equipment category this year.
The above is one of a series of profiles recognizing this year’s Golden Hammer Vendor winners, to appear on HomeChannelNews.com and in HCN Daily. Thirty-one Golden Hammer Vendor winners were honored this year at the 2014 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
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