The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that 163,000 jobs were added in July, but the unemployment rate also increased slightly from 8.2 percent in June to 8.3 percent in July.
"Both the number of unemployed persons (12.8 million) and the unemployment rate (8.3 percent) were essentially unchanged in July," according to the bureau. "Both measures have shown little movement thus far in 2012."
Areas where employment was up include professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and manufacturing.
NBC News reported that even though the number of jobs added in July was better than economists predicted, it isn't enough to change the overall picture and bring the unemployment rate down.
Earlier this week, a survey from private payroll firm Automotive Data Processing Inc. came up with the same number of jobs added in July.