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U.S. service providers expanded in June by less than forecast as a measure of employment contracted, reflecting employers’ struggle to attract workers in service industries. The Institute for Supply Management’s services index fell to 60.1 in June month from a record 64 in May. Readings above 50 indicate expansion. A Bloomberg survey of economists projected the number would be 63.5.

Although cooling from a month earlier, the report shows still-solid demand for services like restaurant dining, hotel stays and travel. Sixteen of 18 service industries reported growth in June, led by arts, entertainment and recreation.

Source: Crain’s New York Business