The number was a bit disappointing after 298,000 jobs were added in June, but still the broader trend remains "respectable", economists said.
Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six months for hiring since 2006.
"We're not losing ground. We're still in a recovery," said Heidi Shierholz, economist for the Economic Policy Institute. "But we're not seeing a big acceleration in job growth, either. We're back to the solid, but not stellar growth."
The new data has shown that the people who had been out of the workforce since the beginning of the downturn are now finally starting to get back in. This is great news for the economy as a whole. It shows that businesses are looking for work and are eager to take on new employees.
I do not believe job recovery is hitting its stride. Many people are continuing to go unemployed as well as are losing their jobs are getting laid off. It is a very serious issue that is still happening on a daily basis. I think the job recovery system needs to continue to try and help people.
There is still a long way to go before the job market can be considered "recovered." Given the incredible volume of students coming out of college and into the workplace, and the fact that employers will forever be concerned with their profit margins, which will in turn lead to cost cutting and efficiency gains, the job market will likely never be truly recovered.