Insurers in the United States shed 6,900 jobs last month according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In its July 2 report, the Bureau noted that nationwide, 125,000 jobs were lost, disappointing economists looking at employment numbers that had been growing slightly over the last several months.

Employment in the private sector continued on the increase, giving credence to reports that part of the nationwide loss was due to temporary U.S. census employees’ finishing their work last month. Overall, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5%

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