US employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak hiring and a poten­tial set­back for the cam­paign to reelect Pres­i­dent Obama, who on Friday called on voters to take a long view of the slowly recov­ering economy, but was slammed by rivals for the per­sis­tently dismal jobs numbers.

Although Friday’s national jobs report was “more of the same: slow growth,” there was a bright spot in tem­po­rary employ­ment, which was up over May, said Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Tem­po­rary employ­ment is a sector that usu­ally responds first when things are picking up,” he said. “It shows that employers would like to hire, but they are not con­fi­dent enough to bring on full-​​time workers.”

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